Posts by Dani Heffernan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD

Parents who spoke out for their LGBT children in 2014

This year, many parents spoke out in the media in support of their LGBT children. Often, these powerful messages are not heard widely enough, and while there is still much work to do toward family acceptance, there are many parents who embrace their children regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Marriage Equality Victories in 2014

After 2013's SCOTUS ruling that struck down parts of the discriminatory "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA), 2014 saw great advancement for marriage equality in the United States as fifteen more states became places where same-sex couples can legally marry. Read more about the states that made marriage equality the law of the land this year below.

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NY proposes regulation to end exclusion on Medicaid coverage for transgender-related healthcare

New York State has proposed a new regulation that would remove a long-standing exclusion on coverage for transgender-related healthcare under Medicaid.

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Pastor, prison chaplain and LGBT ally Rev. Reggie Longcrier featured in Many Voices video

Today, Many Voices, the video series highlighting Black LGBT-affirming voices in the U.S. South, released its third video in a three-part Ally Voices series. In the video, Rev. Reggie Longcrier, a pastor at Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory, North Carolina, talks about LGBT acceptance, his work as a prison chaplain, and his commitment to ensuring that all who enter his church feel safe and welcome.Read More

Smudge Ink brings #5DaysOfEquality messages to couples through paper cards

Today is the final day of #5DaysofEquality, a time to celebrate the anniversaries of 31 Australian same-sex couples who were married one year ago during a brief period from December 7 – 12, before their marriages were revoked. GLAAD has been encouraging our followers to share messages of support for these couples throughout #5DaysofEquality.

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New York issues guidance for private insurance companies to cover transgender-related healthcare

New York State is issuing guidance to insurance companies, requiring them to end discriminatory exclusions on covering transgender-related healthcare, according to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. Read More

INTERVIEW: Australia's Ivan Hinton-Teoh talks work in advocacy and life as a husband for #5DaysofEquality

As #5DaysfoEquality continues, GLAAD is bringing you another interview with Australian Marriage Equality's Deputy Director, Ivan Hinton-Teoh. Yesterday, we published an interview with Ivan about his ongoing work advocating for the enactment of marriage equality in Australia. Read More

Olympic figure skater Eric Radford speaks to OutSports about being gay and an athlete

Eric Radford, a 2014 Olympic figure skater, has come out publicly as gay in what is often stereotyped as "the 'gayest' sport of all," according to OutSports.

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