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Quickies 01/23/2012

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On the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama reaffirmed and defended the decision, saying, “We must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.”

Tey Meadow examines how, in the face of high-profile LGBT youth suicides, it’s important to remember the complexities and challenges faced by surviving queer teens and young adults.  Meadow also discusses programs like the Trevor Project, a crisis and suicide prevention hotline.

Massachusetts has passed a law prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals in employment, housing, insurance and credit.  The law also extends hate crime statutes to transgender people.

The writing of the fabulous Natalie Reed has found a new home over at http://freethoughtblogs.com/nataliereed.   Stop by with some housewarming comments!

Photo is of Governor Deval Patrick signing the Massachusetts’ Transgender Equal Rights Bill. On the left is Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality, and on the right is Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. (photo: Marilyn Humphries)

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