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GLAD sues SSA for denying survivor benefits to disabled R.I. widow

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Patricia Baker, 54, right, a Rhode Island corrections officer, testifies in favor of gay marriage rights before a Senate committee at the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence, R.I. Thursday, March 10, 2011 as her wife, Deborah Tevyaw, weeps at left.
The legal advocacy group GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker.

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Walmart sued for denying health coverage for lesbian employee’s spouse

Friday, September 26, 2014
Jacqueline Cote (right) and her spouse Diana Smithson.
Legal advocacy group GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has filed a discrimination charge against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a lesbian worker who for six years was denied health coverage for her same-sex spouse.

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GLAD’s Mary Bonauto receives MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Mary Bonauto
CHICAGO -- Mary L. Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Wednesday this year's recipients of the grants that have been ...

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Six national LGBT rights groups drop ENDA support over religious exemptions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced Tuesday that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), fearing that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill could compel private companies to cite objections similar to those that prevailed in last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby.

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Prominent Ugandan gay rights activist asks for U.S. asylum

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- Fearing prison or even death, an openly gay activist from Uganda is seeking asylum in the United States since his home country toughened criminal punishment against gays.

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Maine supreme court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine on June 12, 2013.
PORTLAND, Maine -- School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.

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Complaint: Catholic school rescinded job offer after learning applicant was gay

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Matthew Barrett
BOSTON — A Boston man says in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that a Roman Catholic school rescinded a job offer after finding out he was married to another man.

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New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system.

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LGBT History Month profile: Mary Bonauto, civil rights attorney

Friday, October 5, 2012
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For more than two decades, Mary Bonauto has served as the civil rights project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).

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Supreme Court: Proposition 8, three other LGBT cases, not on court’s list

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday included no same-sex marriage cases in its first announcement of what lower court decisions it will review during the 2012-13 session. Legal activists will almost certainly begin speculating now whether the high court is preparing to refuse to hear an appeal to preserve California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. That action could come as early as Monday, October 1, or be pending for weeks.

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