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 Think of portrayals of LGBT characters in media, and images of Glee and Grey's Anatomy come to mind.

Another type of portrayal - LGBT comic book superheroes - is featured in this week's New York Times in the story Out of the Closet and Up, Up and Away.  Read all about, and see an interactive feature on gay and lesbian superheroes.  The story includes a rather comprehensive overview of gay and lesbian characters and themes in comics throughout the years, as well as information about Prism Comics, the organization for and about LGBT comics, creators and readers.  (Note their name, which sounds surprisingly similar to another LGBT organization on our campus!)

Even Archie Comics, who have brought us the characters of Archie, Jughead, and Veronica since the 1940's is introducing it's first out gay character, Kevin.  In an announcement about this new development, the company's CEO said simply "The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie's hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books."

For those of you who want to get your inner superhero on, Ithacon, a comic convention, is downtown this Saturday.  It's sponsored by the Comic Book Club of Ithaca - the oldest active comic book fan club in the United States.  The group has held comic book conventions since 1975.  The event will feature guest writers, artists, editors, and more.

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There are lots of ways LGBT people and families can feel the effects of not being fully recognized and respected, and not being able to access the rights others may enjoy in their pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...but remember, this blog focuses on the positive, right?  Well here's some news breaking right now that is all about the good.

President Obama just directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop policies for hospitals to allow LGBT people many of the same rights and responsibilities afforded already to other people and their families.   This health care memorandum specifically notes

  • hospital visitation,
  • medical decision-making,
  • and other health care issues that affect LGBT patients and their families

as being in need of attention, and that a plan for these to be addressed should be developed within the next 6 months.

There have been many instances in which LGBT patients and their families did not receive this sort of respectful treatment.  Now there is a timeline in place for a plan to make sure in the future LGBT people are on more equal footing with other patients in healthcare settings. 

Learn more about how this positive change might impact LGBT people in this clip - and that although the hospital in this case would not offer an apology, that the President personally called Janice Langbehn to tell her of this memo and thank her for her courage.

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