Gender expression equality legislation is a growing concern often overlooked and ignored amongst local legislators and state representatives. The issue broadly gets brushed off as insignificant due to the misinformed bias held by the majority, and underestimated population that the legislation directly affects.
At this years Pennsylvania Progressive Summit, held in Harrisburg, PA, a panel consisting of Stephen Glassman (Chairperson, PA. Human Relations Commission), Dan Frankel (State Rep. Allegheny - D) and Andy Hoover (Legislative Lobbyist, ACLU) discuss the generalized view of gender expression equality legislation, the importance of gaining support for it, and define/explain the finer details of the legislation.
In early June the Human Rights Campaign
released the 2010 Healthcare Equality Index
(HEI) after several months of study and survey of two-hundred medical institutions across the country. The study discovered that, on the whole, the vast majority of these institutions were lacking official policies protecting the visitation and decision making rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) patients and their families. The results in Washington, DC
, where we are located, were not pretty:
βNew healthcare equality analysis from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation found that no healthcare facilities in the Washington, D.C., metro area reviewed for the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2010 have fully inclusive non-discrimination policies for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.β
originally posted on 5/26/2010
History repeats itself. It is 1948. Not literally of course, but we are about to relive a moment of U.S. history. A moment in history when our government, with the President leading the charge, took steps to remove a form of bigotry from our armed forces. For several years leading up to that point, the government had experimented with integrated units, providing black soldiers with a chance to serve in the normal people's army (kind of).
originally posted on 4/27/2010
Also from the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit (paprogressivesummit.com), I'd like to bring you a few videos form a panel simply entitled 'Marriage Equality'. On this panel, the speakers discussed the benefits, issues, and consequences (positive and negative) of allowing homosexual couples marriage rights equal to those of heterosexual ones. The panelists and approached the topic from a variety of angles. Some spoke about the legal issues equality, both in the PA state legislature and in the constitution, others talked about the religious aspects, especially from the Christian and Jewish traditions, and others talked about the moral and human rights aspect of the debate.
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