Archive for hospital visitation

Call To Action: Justice for Clay and Harold

Posted in Legal, LGBT Rights, Medical, News, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Chase

This is gonna be a long one folks, but this story needs to be posted in it’s entirety. This is required reading, especially in light of Obama’s recent memorandum regarding hospitals. In the name of human decency, this shit needs to get right, and it needs to happen right now.

(from the National Coalition for Lesbian Rights)  Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place—wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.

One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital…. Continue reading

Presidential Memorandum Demands Hospital Visitation for Gays & Lesbians

Posted in Legal, LGBT Rights, News with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by Chase

Can queers visit their partner’s bedside at a federally funded hospital? Yes we can.

“There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. In these hours of need and moments of pain and anxiety, all of us would hope to have a hand to hold, a shoulder on which to lean — a loved one to be there for us, as we would be there for them.”

“Yet every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides… uniquely 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.”

Read the memorandum here

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