Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights Campaign’

How D.C. Hospitals Fail Trans Patients

Two years ago, Roberta, a 59-year-old Arlington County resident, reported to Virginia Hospital Center for a breast-cancer screening. “There’s a man here to have a mammogram!” a clinician announced across the room when she arrived for her appointment.
Roberta is not a man—she’s a transgender woman who began publicly transitioning from male to female six years [...]

HRC on the “Gold Standard” of Hospital LGBT Policies

Earlier this month, we examined how D.C.-area hospitals fared in the Human Rights Campaign's 2010 Healthcare Equality Index, which rates hospitals on their policy toward LGBT patients (they all failed). Then, we spoke to HRC's Tom Sullivan, who explained the Equality Index's high standards. Now, Sum of Change has produced an in-depth video—including interviews with [...]

How Clear Do Anti-Discrimination Policies Need to Be?

Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign published its 2010 Healthcare Equality Index, which rates the policies of hospitals around the U.S. on their efforts at LGBT inclusion. This year, the HRC determined that all D.C.-area hospitals it surveyed failed its preliminary test: They don't mention sexual orientation and gender identity in their patient anti-discrimination policies. But [...]

D.C.-Area Hospitals Fail HRC’s LGBT Healthcare Ratings

The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2010 Healthcare Equality Index, which rates healthcare providers on their policies toward the LGBT community. The HRC's press release was not impressed. It kicks off: "new healthcare equality analysis from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation found that no healthcare facilities in the Washington, D.C., metro area [...]

Follow the Westboro Baptist Church’s Tour of Anti-Gay Nonsense

The Westboro Baptist Church, proud owner of, is hitting up the Equality March in Washington D.C. this weekend, Joe My God reports. If the church's nonsensical picket schedule can be believed, Fred Phelps and friends will be hitting up three D.C. locations in one big anti-gay tour: The D.C. Jewish Community Center, the Annual [...]

Anti-Transgender Activist Group or German Party Casino?

Maryland Citizens for Responsible Government is a conservative group which opposes gender identity protections in the state. The group's president, Ruth Jacobs, says stuff like: "“If somebody with an opposite body part is allowed in to a ladies’ restroom—a guy who has a penis, who could put his penis inside my vagina—what am I to [...]

House to Vote on Hate Crimes Prevention Act Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the U.S. House will vote on HR 1913, the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act." Also known as the "Matthew Shepard Act," it would add the categories of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability to federal hate crime legislation.
The Human Rights Campaign is urging you to voice your support of the bill [...]

Welcome to the Anti-Gay Auditions!

Here's the National Organization for Marriage's new anti-same-sex-marriage scare ad:
The Human Rights Campaign has released a report detailing the ad's inaccuracies, which is great. But the HRC has outdone itself this time by tracking down the audition reels of actors stumbling over ridiculous NOM lines like "the clouds are dark and the winds are strong, [...]

D.C.’s Top-Earning Gay Activists

The Washington Blade has compiled a list of the salaries of the leaders of the District's top gay rights and AIDS advocacy organizations. Who knew that providing "meals and nutritional services for homebound people with HIV/AIDS in the Washington, D.C. area" could be so lucrative? A representative food chain is below, from top to bottom [...]

Wanda Sykes Headlines HRC Gala

Wanda Sykes, whom I love, came out last year, meaning I have a shot with her! Sykes performed at the Human Rights Campaign's 2009 Los Angeles Gala and Hero Awards on Saturday. For those of us who missed it, I Should Be Laughing compiled Sykes' best material:
On being an in-demand activist:

I’m busy! Gay, gay, [...]