Transvestite Discrimination Case Begins After Death
Margie Hunter, the mother of Tyrone Hunter, a transvestite who died following a car accident in 1995, has brought a lawsuit claiming her son received negligent care from emergency medical technicians and a doctor at DC General Hospital.
"It's long overdue," said Ms. Hunter of the lawsuit. She claims that emergency medical technicians laughed at her 24-year-old son and deprived him of care because he was dressed in women's clothing.
Her lawsuit also states that a doctor, Joseph Bastien, was not properly certified to care for her son at DC General on August 7, 1995, and accused him of withholding care as well. Bastien allegedly did not put Hunter into surgery to stop internal bleeding, and was not given a needed blood transfusio, resulting in his death.
Several residents are scheduled to testify that they witnessed first-hand EMTs' comments about Hunter after they pulled him from the car. The paramedics allegedly halted treatment on Hunter for at least five minutes after detecting that he was male.
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .