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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Father Ordered To Pay Court Costs In Military Funeral Protest Case

March 30, 2010

by Scott Wykoff | The Associated Press

Lawyers for the father of a Marine from Maryland who died in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters say a court has ordered him to pay the protesters’ appeal costs.

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President Obama Announces Recess Appointments to Key Administration Positions

March 30, 2010

Chai Feldblum is a brilliant lawyer, incredible advocate for the elderly, disabled and LGBT folks and is truly a remarkable human being.  He appointment makes history and will help the EEOC fulfill its mission to provide justice and equal opportunity to all.  Congratulations Chai!!

After facing months of Republican obstruction to administration nominees, President Obama announced his intent to recess appoint fifteen nominees to fill critical administration posts that have been left vacant, including key positions on the economic team and on boards that have been left with vacancies for months.

“The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disapprove of my nominees.  But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis,”  said President Barack Obama. “Most of the men and women whose appointments I am announcing today were approved by Senate committees months ago, yet still await a vote of the Senate.  At a time of economic emergency, two top appointees to the Department of Treasury have been held up for nearly six months. I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.”

Following their appointment, these nominees will remain in the Senate for confirmation.

Chai R. Feldblum: Nominee for Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Chai Feldblum is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where she has taught since 1991. She also founded the Law Center’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, a program designed to train students to become legislative lawyers. Feldblum previously served as Legislative Counsel to the AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. In this role, she developed legislation, analyzed policy on various AIDS-related issues, and played a leading role in the drafting of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and, later as a law professor, in the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. She has also worked on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and has been a leading expert on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. As Co-Director of Workplace Flexibility 2010, Feldblum has worked to advance flexible workplaces in a manner that works for employees and employers. Feldblum clerked for Judge Frank Coffin and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from Barnard College.

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