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Or Maybe Not  »  Depressed Single Mother
I'm starting to get worried now. Maybe I shouldn't go to this group. There's the lesbian mother's group, and they meet on a Saturday afternoon, which I can't do because I've no babysitter. But there's another one called Rainbow Families that I could do, because it's for the children rather than the adults. They go on outings and such. So I'd be taking The Boy with me.I know it'd be good for The Boy. I know I'm a bad mother for even considering not going. But I feel ill. I can't stop shaking! I want to hide away. I think ...
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Posted:  8/28 2:45am
'The language of shirkers and scroungers?' Talking about illness, disability and coalition welfare reform - Disability & Society  »  Through Myself and Back Again
Picture: protesters at today's 'Hardest Hit' march, carrying a sign which is partly written in Braille. It reads "We're being ---- by the government." Someone has written a translation of the Braille word below it: "shafted". Photo copyright Lisa Egan.Yesterday's discussion on the BBC's You and Yours was about disability, cuts and welfare reform, and featured Where's the Benefit's own Bendy Girl. Some contributors' comments offered a clear example of how attitudes to disability haven't really changed much since Victorian times - if not before. Some academic research recently published has been talking about how these ...
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Posted:  8/26 5:45am
Salmond stretching the truth  »  Bill's Comment Page
Ahead of this evening's debate between Alex Salmond (for the SNP) and Alistair Darling (for Better Together) here's an amusing video-clip which illustrates pretty clearly the lies and distortions that flow freely from Salmond's lips and his hench-men or hench-women in and out of the Scottish Parliament in their aim to dismember our country, the United Kingdom:Don't let the SNP succeed with their separatist and insular agenda - vote NO on 18th September, I urge you! ...
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Posted:  8/25 7:10pm
Missing the Irony? Religious Right Fears Gay Holocaust ‘Reeducation Camps’  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council whose bread and butter seems to be defaming gay people, sparked controversy last week when during a radio broadcast for Washington Watch he compared gay rights to the Holocaust. The court case he was commenting on centers on a judge’s ruling that Denver-based Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
We’re One Step Closer to Ending the Forced Sterilization of Trans People  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Denmark’s lawmakers voted this month to scrap a legal requirement that meant trans people must undergo sterilization before they can complete their official gender change, bringing the world a step closer to ending this barbaric practice. The new law will allow transgender people over the age of 18 to legally change their gender after a [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Why a Bit of Dirt in Your Home Could Help Your Infant  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A new study says that exposing children to bacteria and allergens in the first year of their lives might have a protective effect and cut their allergy risk by age three. Why is this and is this research credible? The research, conducted by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, aimed to get a clearer [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Iowa Finally Gets It: Having Sex While HIV Positive is Not a Crime  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Having protected sex while HIV positive should not be a crime, yet for one man from Iowa, it meant a 25-year prison sentence and life branded as a sex-offender. Fortunately, Iowa’s Supreme Court has just overturned that decision. Writing for the majority, Justice David Wiggins said: “Today we are unable to take judicial notice that [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Should Obesity Be Classed as a Disability?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A case before the European Court of Justice this month asks whether people who are obese or morbidly obese should be protected under the EU’s disability laws and therefore have employment protection on that basis. The case is brought by a 25-stone (350 pounds) Danish child minder, Karsten Kaltoft. He contends that the termination of his employment [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Obama Will Sign the ENDA Order: What Will it Mean for LGBT Americans?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Faced with an intransigent Congress, and after years of stalling, the Obama administration has announced that President Obama will sign an executive order to protect LGBT federal workers from workplace discrimination. The announcement came Monday in a statement made to the press. According to one White House official, the executive order will “build upon existing [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Posh and Pricey Sodas Might be Even Worse For You  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A new survey out of the UK shows that so-called adult sodas, which tend to be pricier, also carry a far higher sugar content than regular sodas. Conducted by campaign group Action on Sugar, an organization of scientists and specialists who believe there are dangerous levels of sugar in our food, the research looked at [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Many Health Experts Don’t Like E-Cigarettes, and Here’s Why  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
If e-cigarettes are supposed to help us quit smoking, why are so many doctors calling for them to be banned or at the very least more closely regulated? This month 129 public health officials and medical experts from across 31 countries and from institutions as varied as the University of Hawaii to the UK Faculty [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
How One Trans Woman Might Have Brought Civil Unions to Italy  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
In a historic move, the Italian high court has allowed a trans woman to stay married to her same-sex spouse. This is bigger than just setting a much-needed precedent for trans rights, however, with activists believing that the ruling, if upheld, could bring about same-sex civil unions too. The case was brought by bank worker Alessandra [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Do Gay ‘Hook-Up’ Apps Really Increase STI Rates?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A new study finds a link between gay men using dating apps and a greater likelihood of having STIs, but we have to be careful to put this study in context. The study, conducted by researchers at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, made a cross sectional analysis [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
The List is in: Lemurs Made it to the Top of the Endangered Class  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has just been published and it paints a depressing picture for a number of animals, including the vast majority of the world’s lemur population. The Red List, which is divided into seven categories and runs from “Least Concern” to “Extinction,” is published each year as a means to [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
So Gay Men Can’t Even Be Fathers to Their Biological Children Now?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Imagine being told that even though you are biologically a child’s father, you still don’t get to be listed as a father to that child, essentially because you and your partner are in a same-sex marriage which isn’t recognized by the state you live in. That’s the extraordinary situation married couple Jason Hanna and Joe [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Celebrate! Luxembourg Joins the Marriage Equality Train  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Luxembourg has become the latest country to add its name to the growing list of marriage equality nations. The land-locked European country has only one legislative chamber and so when, on Wednesday, Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies voted by an overwhelming majority of 56-4 to approve same-sex marriage, the vote was the final word on the issue. [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
What Doesn’t Alabama Get About Sodomy Bans Being Unconstitutional?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Alabama’s Court of Criminal Appeals recently overturned the state’s unenforceable sodomy ban, but the state’s Republican attorney general wants a review of that decision because, he says, it leaves gay and straight people dangerously unprotected. The case, known as Dewayne Williams vs. State of Alabama, involves Mr Williams, of Dallas County, who was arrested and charged [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Should Shops Sell Gay Cure Books When They’re Aimed at Children?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Spain’s largest department store is facing boycotts and serious condemnation for stocking a number of children’s books that say you can cure homosexuality. Does this fall under free speech or can we agree that imposing ex-gay quackery on children should be prohibited? The store, El Corte Inglés, has faced a year of protests from LGBT groups [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am
Another Reason to Eat Your Greens: They Might Help Purge Pollutants  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
From “colon cleanses” to juice rejuvenation diets, we’re bombarded by ads that claim we can remove toxins from our body with a new “detox” product or the latest fad “detox diet.” Mostly, it’s just a sales pitch without much scientific credibility. Of course there are health benefits to boosting our intake of fruit and vegetables [...] ...
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Posted:  8/24 9:45am