Hump Day Happiness #4

I missed last week’s posting, so some of this news may be old news. Deal.

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As reported on Carnal Nation, Jamaica hosted its first ever parade for gay tolerance. For somewhere sometimes called “the most homophobic place on Earth,” where sodomy charges can result in up to ten years of hard labor, this is a step in the right direction.

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Obama extended hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners. Finally. As reported in the Washington Post (and everywhere else), on April 15, 2010 President Obama mandated that any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding must extend visitation rights to same-sex partners and respect patients’ choices about who may make critical health-care decisions for them.

From the memo written by Obama:

“Every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides whether in a sudden medical emergency or a prolonged hospital stay.”

[Affected are] “Gay and lesbian Americans who are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives — unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated.”

While it may be several months before the President’s mandate becomes an official rule through the Department of Health and Human Services, it’s a step in the right direction. Obama, you just gained back a little of my respect.

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Blogger Geek Porn Girl shared a touching letter written to her by another lesbian mom. The letter tells of a twelve-year-old young woman, deciding, on her own, to participate in the National Day of Silence. Just read it. I love stories about young people standing up for what they believe in.

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And in a break from my usual queer stuff, I present you with this comic from xkcd.

Haha.

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