Despite a banner 2013, GLAD views the equality glass as half-empty, and we intend to keep at it until it is full. We’ll be working on transgender rights, HIV and youth issues, as well as continuing work on family relations. Some specific examples of our work will be passing a model bill in Massachusetts that will mandate treatment of lipodystrophy for people living with HIV; ensuring transition-related health care access for transgender people, through litigation, legislation, and policy work; and assisting middle school students in setting up Gay-Straight Alliances.
We’ll also be vigilant when religion is used as an excuse to discriminate against people in our community. Our opponents are increasingly over-reaching in this arena, as they move from religious exemptions in marriage laws to attempting religious exemptions in non-discrimination laws – as well as using religion as a means to attack the rights of other communities, including women.