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This is your annual reminder that The Salvation Army threatened to close all of their New York City soup kitchens if they were going to be forced to stop discriminating against their gay employees. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want to donate to any charity that would use the hungry as a bargaining chip to get what it wants. There are better charities to donate to. There are charities that donate 100% of their money to the people they’re trying to help, rather than taking some of that money and using it to fight against gay rights (as the Salvation Army does.) There are charities that don’t state on their website that homosexuals are morally obligated to live a life of celibacy. There are charities that accept everyone and help EVERYONE.
For more information on how exactly the Salvation Army is anti-gay and, just in general, horrible, you can click here.
And please, if you’re my friend, or if you know any gay people, or even if you’re just not an asshole, PLEASE stop going bargain-hunting at the Salvation Army. And stop donating your money to them. There are better places for clothes. There are better places to donate.
When asked by The Barna Group what words or phrases best describe Christianity, the top response among Americans ages 16-29 was “antihomosexual.” For a staggering 91 percent of non-Christians, this was the first word that came to their mind when asked about the Christian faith. The same was true for 80 percent of young churchgoers. (The next most common negative images? : “judgmental,” “hypocritical,” and “too involved in politics.”)
Later research, documented in Kinnaman’s You Lost Me, reveals that one of the top reasons 59 percent of young adults with a Christian background have left the church is because they perceive the church to be too exclusive, particularly regarding their LGBT friends. Eight million twenty-somethings have left the church, and this is one reason why.
Patients in Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals now have the right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, regardless of whether or not the visitors are family members.
According to new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals can’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Patients will also be allowed to name a person of their choice, including a same-sex partner, to make medical decisions on their behalf if they are medically unable to do so.
The new guidance updates the Conditions of Participation, which are standards that apply to all Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals, critical access hospitals, and patients in those hospitals even if they aren’t on Medicaid or Medicare.
Hospitals will need to have written policies that explain visitation rights, as well as clear guidance on when hospitals may restrict access based on reasonable clinical needs.
This is far too sensible. It’ll never work.
Please please please go through. This would benefit same-sex couples as well as people in long-term relationships who are not married (and/or choose not to be).
ETA: It also just make sense in general. Why is it that only immediate family can visit? I live pretty far away from most of my family; I’d want to have close friends visit me if I were in the hospital with a serious condition.
Choose your own visitors. What a strange and unusual notion!
No really, my immediate family doesn’t live anywhere near here, I would want my uncle on the list before any of them, and my unmarried partner-in-crime before everyone. Plenty of people would rather have their best friend at their side than a parent. We need this change.
When I was seeing patients in clinic for a research study, one of my sickest patients was an elderly man who was in a lot of pain, and his male partner managed everything for him - talked to the doctors, took notes, kept the records, everything, and he did it so lovingly. After we talked, he asked me to make a copy of something for him, and he hesitated a long moment before handing it over to me. It was a health-care proxy/medical power of attourney legal document. He looked at me like I might tear it up or run away with it, like he was taking a risk in handing it to me. I made him several copies straight off and brought it back to him. It broke my heart. I’ve honestly got tears in my eyes right now just thinking about it, because it’s so goddamn unfair. The other people there didn’t need a legal document to be there, it was just assumed that they are the spouse and they have the right automatically. To have so much riding on a piece of paper and having to be ready for other people to try to deny you the right. I hope this guidance helps that to change.
One in four gay teenagers living in the US state of Massachusetts are homeless, says a new study.
Findings by the Children’s Hospital Boston also indicate that 15% of bisexual teenagers are homeless - compared to three percent of heterosexual teenagers.
6,300 public high school students were questioned as part of the study. 5% of respondents identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual - and LGB respondents accounted for 19% of the homeless questioned.
The full report will be published in the Online American Journal of Public Health.
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