July 7, 2010
by Wesley Ware | Bilerico Project
Visiting incarcerated youth in Louisiana, I am used to hearing bleak stories about young people who struggle daily with isolation, despair, and a lack of support. They come from every corner of the state and are housed together in all-male secure facilities. Intended to “rehabilitate” troubled young men, sometimes these placements do little more than warehouse them.
July 7, 2010
Today, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the National Center for Lesbian Rights respond to the recent article published by the Bioethics Forum of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics institute, investigating the abuse of the steroid dexamethasone by administering the drug to pregnant women in the attempt to prevent female children from having atypical genitals or from growing up to be lesbian.
A statement from The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the National Center for Lesbian Rights:
“The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the National Center for Lesbian Rights are deeply concerned by recent reports that some medical providers have subjected pregnant women and children to serious medical risks by administering or recommending prenatal dexamethasone in order to prevent female children from having atypical genitals or from growing up to be lesbian. We strongly condemn such treatments as unethical and morally reprehensible. The goal of medical treatment is to alleviate human suffering and illness—not to stamp out the natural diversity of human existence. We urge the Department of Health and Human Services to take immediate action to investigate these allegations.”
July 7, 2010
Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) condemned Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle’s veto of a bill that would have allowed both same-sex and different-sex couples in Hawaii to protect their families by entering into civil unions.
A statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell:
“Governor Lingle has demonstrated a shocking disregard for the well-being of Hawaii families. The civil-union bill was passed by both houses of the Hawaii Legislature and enjoyed broad popular support. By vetoing the bill, Governor Lingle has thwarted the democratic process and trampled the requirement of equal protection. We strongly support the lawsuit soon to be filed by Lambda Legal and the ACLU, seeking equality for same-sex couples and their children, and we urge everyone who cares about basic fairness to contact the Governor’s office to protest her unconscionable decision.”