Earlier this week, a report from the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, reported a story in which a woman with HIV was arrested after a complaint from a former partner. Ohio is a state that criminalizes HIV, but the way in which the story was told added additional stigma to those who live with HIV.
Last Wednesday, the Boston Globe reported that the Boston City Council unanimously passed an ordinance, proposed by Councilors Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley, to guarantee healthcare, from gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy to mental health services, for transgender municipal employees and their dependents.
Today, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Legal Aid Society, and Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Health on behalf of two transgender women who have been denied access to medically necessary healthcare under a discriminatory Medicaid regulation.
The couple, to whom the extent of the legal rights they have over their babies has not been made clear, are resolved to protect the boys. They are not giving up on getting the state to recognize them as the family they know they are.
After Minority Leader Pelosi, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a host of other elected officials, and a cadre of LGBT organizational leaders called out his planned appearance at the National Organization For Marriage's anti-gay "March For Marriage," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone issued a lengthy response in which he purports to "explain" why we are all mistaken about NOM, its allies, and their intentions.