When I decided to compile my thoughts in a more organized fashion, my niece said, “Oh, a blog!” So I suppose I now have a “blog.” What I don’t have yet is many followers, so please come back often, share the content, and tell your friends to spread me wide. I hope to put out a thought or two regularly, and I do promise to read and respond to as many fan comments as I can get to! Oh Myy!
On Christmas Eve, I opened the New York Times to read what seemed terrific news: The FDA finally had lifted its 32-year ban on blood donations by gay men. Since 1982, an insidious policy presumed that gay blood was tainted with HIV and therefore might endanger the national blood supply. When men went to donate, they would be asked whether at any time since 1977 they had had “sexual contact with a male, even once.” A “yes” earned you a “lifetime deferral”– forever banning you from donating blood.
Students in China once again lead a daring and defiant protest against lack of democratic freedoms. In the former British colony of Hong Kong, considered a bastion of capitalism and commerce, demonstrators filled busy Central Commercial District, alleging the Chinese government, which resumed control over the city in 1997, has reneged on its promise to allow for open nominations for Chief Executive of the region. The Chinese government now requires that all nominees standing for election in 2017 be hand-picked by Beijing.
A 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court (comprised of all men) delivered a stunning set-back for women’s reproductive rights in the Hobby Lobby case yesterday. The conservative majority ruled that a crafts chain store (here, one with over 500 outlets) whose owners espouse “sincere religious beliefs” can refuse to provide insurance covering contraception to its female employees.
Much has been said about the moment when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on national television, as they joyfully and spontaneously celebrated the news of Sam’s drafting by the Rams. They embraced and kissed just like many other happy heterosexual couples do when one of them receives life-changing, great news.
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