It seems like Gay-Straight Alliances are always in the news; a lone renegade parent trying to close a well established group down; questions about use of school facilities; problems with signs advertising clubs being torn down. But a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Science reveals that despite the difficulties and controversy, GSAs are once again shown to be worth fighting for. Although other research has shown that presence of GSAs improve school experiences for LGBT youth while they were actually in school, this is the first research that showed the long term benefits of such clubs.
According to the LGBT newsmagazine the Advocate, on November 18th, 2011, Google doubled the health benefits available to all full time employees for transgender care. Previously, the maximum was set at $35,000 but this change brought the maximum to $75,000. The change goes into effect immediately. The benefits are part of the current insurance package offered by Google's current insurance providers. Although the benefit is currently limited to Google employees in the United States, Google has stated that they will extend the benefits to their international employees, although there is no specific timeline for doing so.
The Senate and House of Representatives have regressed into a schoolyard playground. It's all a power play and the American people are the ones that are losing out. There is no longer any right or wrong only Democrat or Republican.
Even the candidates for office have no interest in changing how things are done and the one that do are soon either brought into the fold or exiled in one term, by their own party nonetheless.
The Williams Institute out of UCA, a partner in evaluating US Census data, recently released their evaluations of early information collected as part of the 2010 Census. The information indicated that numbers of same sex couples dramatically increased in certain states. Or to be more precise, the number of people who reported being in same sex couples increased. For example, in Alabama last year's census found 11,259 households headed by same-sex couples. The number of same-sex couples as head of household in Alabama was 8,109 in 2000. The 2010 number is 39 percent higher. Even more dramatic results results were found in Hawaii; the Census Bureau reported an increase of 78 percent in same-sex couples headed households.
I'm not really one of those queers who thinks marriage is what we should be fighting for. In fact, I feel the fight for marriage actually masks bigger problems we should be addressing. For example, a common argument to make gay marriage a priority is marriage is needed so that partners can provide health care for each other. But really, should health care be based on relationship status? How about basing access to health care on something crazy like, I don't know, needing health care?
I was recently on a panel on LGBT aging that took place after a showing Gen Silent, a documentary about LGBT seniors going back in the closet because of fears of discrimination, bullying and abuse. The film, which was surprisingly hopeful considering the grave subject matter, left many of the audience (mostly nursing students and other health care providers) in tears.
When we think of immigration laws our thoughts usually turn political as we consider the economic ramifications of too many workers. We may also consider the underlying ethics of human treatment. The thing we often fail to see is the business view of immigration.
There are numerous benefits with a free market economy. The most famous view of a free market economy is that an individual can rise or fall through their own efforts. This means that when you reach the top not only do you become very affluent but you have a feeling of satisfaction as well because you accomplished something.
It has now become so clear now that I know it’s my entire fault. America would still strive if I weren’t so lazy. America would be strong if I wasn’t already behind before I even began my education period in life. This from my American President, it should almost be considered treason at the very least it’s anti-patriotic and unbefitting of the President of the United States.
This may be slightly off topic but I wanted to take a few moments to honor a great man and writer who has laid down his pin for the last time. Tom Wicker has passed away today in his home, he was 85 years old. He brought challenge, opinion and downright no holds barred journalism into public light.
It’s not often I get to deliver excited news specifically geared towards women, I must say that I’m thrilled as a women and an avid coffee drinker that my coffee drinking habits can reduce any potential risk I may have had in developing endometrial cancer. So yes ladies, have one more delicious hot cup of coffee.
“Tolerance” is defined as the willingness to put up with something you don't like. We can't expect other people to share all of our values, so we can't expect everyone else to approve of us. You might disapprove of me because I've been divorced, or I might disapprove of you because your religion is different from mine. We have the right to disapprove of each other.
What we don't have the right to do is to try to harm each other or keep each other from fully participating in the basic structures of society that make life possible. So even if I think your religion is a little sillier than mine, I don't have the right to keep you from working or from renting an apartment. And even if you think my sexual behaviors are more deviant than yours, you don't have the right to try to make it so I can't live a decent life- assuming, of course, that I'm not harming anyone.