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Mass. Updates Process for Changing Gender Markers on Birth Certificates

Mass. Updates Process for Changing Gender Markers on Birth Certificates

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has modernized the standard and process for changing gender markers on birth certificates.  As a result, proof of surgery is no longer required. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has worked extensively with advocates and policymakers in Massachusetts and throughout New England to implement this vital change. With the revision, […]

State Votes to Override Gov. Baker’s Veto to Support Homeless Youth

State Votes to Override Gov. Baker’s Veto to Support Homeless Youth

By: Sara Brown/TRT Assistant Editor— BOSTON, Mass.—The state Legislature voted in favor of an override to Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of $2 million to support the creation of housing and wraparound supportive services for youth and young adults age 24 and younger who are experiencing homelessness outside the care and custody of a parent or […]

Same-Sex Marriage Not Enough: Refocusing the Fight for LGBT Equality

Same-Sex Marriage Not Enough: Refocusing the Fight for LGBT Equality

By: Nicole Lashomb/TRT Editor-in-Chief— Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, LGBT activists agree that there are still more battles to win before LGBT equality is achieved—battles including those of the most disenfranchised, they said. “Though the June 26 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was a tremendous victory for […]

Mass. Lags Behind Transgender Protections; Freedom Massachusetts Launches

Mass. Lags Behind Transgender Protections; Freedom Massachusetts Launches

By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter— BOSTON, Mass.—Freedom Massachusetts, a bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law, has launched its effort to secure public accommodations protections for transgender BayStaters this year. According to the campaign’s co-chair, Mason Dunn, the campaign is a “coalition of businesses, policy makers, and organizations,” […]

GLAD Calls for End to Conversion Therapy in Massachusetts

GLAD Calls for End to Conversion Therapy in Massachusetts

BOSTON, Mass.—Bennett Klein, Senior Attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) testified today in favor of banning the destructive practice of so-called “conversion therapy” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His testimony came at a hearing of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. His testimony can be read here. H97, […]

Bill: Mass. Lawmakers Push for Pay Equity for Women

Bill: Mass. Lawmakers Push for Pay Equity for Women

By: Sara Brown/TRT Assistant Editor— Some lawmakers in Massachusetts are trying to combat the gender wage gap in the state. A bill was filed by Rep. Jay Livingstone and Sen. Patricia Jehlen called An Act to Establish Pay Equity. According to the bill, in Massachusetts, women earn 80 percent of what their male counterparts do. […]

Umbrella Covers All: Groups Give Trans Teens Needed Support

Umbrella Covers All: Groups Give Trans Teens Needed Support

By: Clara Lefton/TRT Reporter— Umbrella, a MetroWest group serving LGBTQ teens—particularly those identifying as transgender and gender-nonconforming—offers life-changing support according to one of its alum. “The experiences of transgender youth are extremely different even from LGB youth, and it has been so useful to me to have a specific trans space through the years, both […]

CT Governor Signs Bill Modernizing Process to Change Gender on Birth Certificates

CT Governor Signs Bill Modernizing Process to Change Gender on Birth Certificates

GLAD Publishes Toolkit to Assist Transgender People Making Changes Last week, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill that updates the state’s birth certificate procedures, enabling transgender people to change their birth certificates to the appropriate gender without having to undergo invasive and sometimes unnecessary surgical requirements. “This is a critically important advance […]