BOSTON – A New England-based LGBT legal advocacy group on Feb. 23 announced that it has changed its name.
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, which formed in 1978 in response to an anti-gay police sting at the Boston Public Library, is now GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders. The new name ensures that the organization will still be known by the acronym GLAD.
“GLAD has blazed a trail of legal victories for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people across New England and the nation,” said GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu in a press release that announced the name change. “As we continue our pioneering work, we’re proud to bring all of our communities into our name.”
GLAD is the latest LGBT advocacy group to change its name in recent years.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2014 announced it had changed its name to the National LGBTQ Task Force. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in the same year changed its name to PFLAG.