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Blog Roundup: April 20

April 20, 2010

I’ve been admittedly very offline for the past two weeks with both a shockingly long internet outage (not surprising, given I have Comcast and no other options) and other personal events, but here’s my attempt at a round up of recent events.  I’ll post a separate piece on today’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell protests.

  • President Obama issued an order requiring all hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding (read: virtually all) to permit same sex partners visitation rights and medical power of attorney. President Obama called Janice Langbehn to apologize for what her family went through. As Langbehn put it best, “I kept saying it’s not a gay right to hold someone’s hand when they die, its a human right.” Watch Anderson Cooper hear the story of Janice’s partner Lisa Pond.

  • One writer very astutely points out that President Obama should extend his compassion for same-sex couples in their most dire of moments to the partners of men and women serving under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
  • Barney Frank stated at a Victory Fund (huge fan) event on Sunday that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act should be moving forward quickly.

    Legislation aimed at ending employment discrimination against LGBT people will be marked up in committee ”this week or next,” according to Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)…[ENDA -] currently in the House Education and Labor Committee – has been ”promised” a quick vote in the full House by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) once the bill leaves committee.

    More background at Roll Call

  • The Supreme Court heard a case that looks at whether a University of California’s Hastings College of Law can withhold funding for a student organization that refuses to comply with the University’s non-discrimination policy
  • In a very different case of cyber bullying, there is a campaign on Facebook for 5 million people to “vote Justin Bieber out of the male gender.”  Criticize his music all you want, but the fact that over 327,000 people have actually expended the energy to click “Like” is disgusting.  What’s more disturbing is looking at the wall and seeing the filth that people post.  If they’re willing to say this in a public forum, image what people like this say under their breath when only the victim can hear.  Bieber can stand up for himself, but others can’t.  Sitting idly by is too easy and this kind of attack based on LGBT perceptions is unacceptable.  (via Towleroad) The next target? The The Jonas Brothers.
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