Right of Passage

March 31, 2010

New York Times editorial

A Mississippi school board was grossly discriminatory and mean-spirited when it told Constance McMillen that she could not attend her high school prom with her girlfriend. A ruling by a federal judge that Ms. McMillen’s constitutional rights had been violated is a welcome sign that gay people are continuing to make progress toward equality. It should also be a warning to school districts nationwide about the cost of discrimination.

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This Week Is National LGBT Health Awareness Week

March 30, 2010

The 8th Annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week runs from March 28th to April 3rd. This web site is a resource for organizations and individuals to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health and to improve their own health.

This year the theme of LGBT Health Awareness Week is Closing the Gap. The LGBT community has, on average, worse health outcomes and less access to the care we need than the straight community. We cannot afford to ignore the gap anymore. We need to educate ourselves and our health care providers about our unique health needs as well as our health risks. We need to commit to closing the gap, because everyone deserves good health!

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Rep. Jared Polis Says ENDA Will Pass the House in a Few Weeks

March 30, 2010

by Karen Ocamb | LGBTPOV

Openly gay Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) was honored by the Los Angeles-based Stonewall Democratic Club on Sunday. Before he accepted his Elected Official of the Year Award and left to visit his family in the San Diego area, I got a chance to ask him a few questions about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the fixes to the healthcare reform bill.

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Health Law Cuts the Cost of Being a Woman

March 30, 2010

by Denise Grady | New York Times

Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. That’s the new mantra, repeated triumphantly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and other advocates for women’s health. But what does it mean?

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An Unfair Attack on Gay Troops

March 30, 2010

by Boris Dittrich | Los Angeles Times

Gen. John Sheehan, the former NATO commander, told a Senate committee this month that part of the blame for one of the last half-century’s most famous atrocities — the massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war — rested on gays in the Dutch military.

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UK Parliament Hosts First Same-Sex Marriage

March 30, 2010

from the Associated Press

Britain’s Europe Minister Chris Bryant has taken part in Parliament’s first gay marriage, celebrating a civil partnership ceremony at the historic venue.

Bryant, a member of the governing Labour Party, won permission to hold his civil partnership ceremony with partner Jared Cranney at the Palace of Westminster — home to the Houses of Parliament.

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Hungarian Constitutional Court Affirms Registered Partnerships for Gay Couples

March 30, 2010

by Tamás Dombos | UK Gay News

The Hungarian Constitutional Court has declared that the Registered Partnership Act, which came into force on July 1 last year giving same-sex couples the equivalent legal status as married couples, is in line with Hungarian constitution requirements.

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