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GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders)
Founded in 1978, GLAD -- first named the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and then GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders -- is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
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1 Stockman v. Trump
5:17-cv-01799 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/05/2017 - Case Ongoing
President of the United States
Equal Employment
EE-CA-0359
Coding Complete
On September 5, 2017, three named and two anonymous transgender service members and a transgender rights nonprofit filed this lawsuit against the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and other federal officials in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The case was transferred to the Eastern District ... [view]
2 Doe v. Trump
1:17-cv-01597 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/09/2017 - Case Ongoing
The President of the United States
Equal Employment
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
EE-DC-0077
Coding Complete
On August 9, 2017, five active duty servicemembers in the United States military who openly identified as transgender people filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the President, Department of the Army, Department of the Air Force, and other government agencies. Three additional plaintiffs, including one ... [view]
3 Doe v. Massachusetts Department of Corrections
1:17-cv-12255 (D. Mass.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2019
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0052
Coding Complete
The plaintiff in this case is a trans woman who was housed in a mens prison in Massachusetts for a nonviolent drug possession charge. Because of her gender presentation and identity, she faced degrading sexual harassment from both staff and other prisoners. She was forced to use communal showers and bathrooms without locks, and was subject to ... [view]
4 Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
1:15-cv-12945-WGY (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/14/2015 - Closed 2017
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-MA-0023
Coding Complete
On July 14, 2015, a female Walmart employee filed this class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Represented by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the plaintiff alleged that Wal-Mart had intentionally deprived ... [view]
5 Tevyaw v. Colvin
1:14-cv-00425 (D.R.I.)
Filed 09/29/2014 - Closed 2014
Social Security Administration
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-RI-0001
Coding Complete
On September 29, 2014, the surviving widow of a same-sex marriage filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island against the Social Security Administration (SSA). The plaintiff, represented by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, asked the court to declare that several SSA regulations were invalid and contrary ... [view]
6 DeBoer v. Snyder
2:12-cv-10285-BAF-MJH (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 01/23/2012 - Closed 2015
State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0004
Coding Complete
On January 23, 2012, a same-sex couple, individually and on behalf of their three adopted children, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, against the State of Michigan. The case proceeded under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and began by challenging the Michigan law preventing adoption by unmarried parents. The ... [view]
7 Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management
3:10-cv-01750 (D. Conn.)
Filed 11/09/2010 - Closed
Office of Personnel Management
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CT-0007
Coding Complete
On November 9, 2010, several citizens of Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire who were or had been married to partners of the same sex under the law of their states filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut against the Office of Personnel Management, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Postal Service, ... [view]
8 Gill v. Office of Personnel Management
1:09-cv-10309-JLT (D. Mass.)
Filed 03/03/2009 - Closed 2013
Office of Personnel Management
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MA-0006
Coding Complete
On March 3, 2009, several citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who were or had been married to same-sex partners under Massachusetts law filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, under the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201-2202, and the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 701-706, ... [view]
9 Adams v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
1:09-cv-10272-JLT (D. Mass.)
Filed 02/24/2009 - Closed 2011
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0041
Coding Complete
On February 24, 2009, a prisoner serving her sentence in a facility operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiff, represented by public interest and private attorneys, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging ... [view]
10 Hara v. Office of Personnel Management
09-3134 (No Court)
Filed 2009 - Closed 2013
Office of Personnel Management
Equal Employment
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MA-0009
Coding Complete
Dean Hara, the appellant in this suit, is the widower of his legal same-sex spouse in Massachusetts (U.S. Congressman Gerry Studds, who died in October 2006). He filed two separate applications with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM); the first, seeking a survivor annuity benefit, and the second seeking to be enrolled as a surviving spouse ... [view]
11 Goodridge v. Department of Human Health
01-1647-A (State Court)
Filed 2001 - Closed 2003
The State of Massachusetts
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MA-0008
Suffolk County
Coding Complete
On September 24, 2002, fourteen private citizens of five different Massachusetts counties filed this lawsuit in the Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts. The plaintiffs, all of which were in long-term same-sex relationships, sued the Massachusetts Department of Human Health because they believed that the Department’s refusal to issue them ... [view]
12 Kosilek v. Spencer
00-12455-MLW (D. Mass.)
Filed 12/12/2000 - Closed 2015
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0038
Coding Complete
On December 12, 2000, a transgender inmate at the Massachusetts Correction Institute in Norfolk filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Filing pro se, the plaintiff sued the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, the Correctional Medical Services, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School under 42 ... [view]
13 Rolland v. Romney
3:98-cv-30208 (D. Mass.)
Filed 1998 - Closed 2010
State of Massachusetts
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MA-0002
Suffolk County
Coding Complete
On October 29, 1998 seven developmentally disabled individuals living in private nursing homes and two advocacy organizations filed suit against Massachusetts and six state agencies in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. They alleged that the defendants were warehousing patients eligible for community based ... [view]
14 Baker v. Vermont
S1009-97 CNC (State Court)
Filed 1997 - Closed 1999
State of Vermont
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-VT-0001
Coding Complete
In 1997, three same-sex couples filed suit against the state of Vermont and their respective town governments after they attempted to obtain marriage licenses and were denied based on the fact that they were not of different sexes than their partners. They alleged violations of the state constitution, ch. 1 art. 7, the Common Benefits clause, ... [view]
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