In several weeks, the holidays
will be upon us, and with it, the prospect of
reuniting with loved ones and family. At its best,
the word “family” conjures feelings of acceptance
and belonging. But for many in our community,
“family” continues to be a loaded word.
The REPEAL ("Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal") HIV Discrimination Act, introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, addresses the serious problem of discrimination in the use of criminal and civil commitment laws against those who test positive for HIV.
In recent years, the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has refused to grant tax-exempt 501(c)(3)
status to LGBT community centers with a more than insubstantial amount of activities that appear to be social
or recreational in nature. LGBT community centers may therefore wish to exercise caution in the amount of
such activities that they undertake.
Every year at this time, communities
across the United States celebrate Pride. It’s a happy
time—a time to relax and be ourselves, reconnect
with friends and marvel at the astonishing diversity
within our communities—sometimes mixed with
bittersweet thoughts as we remember the loved
ones we lost.
On February 10, 2011, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) issued a letter to state birth
registrars announcing a procedure change allowing a woman to be named as a parent on the Maryland birth certificate of
the child born to her same-sex married spouse, without the necessity of a court order.
The Hawai`i civil union law will take effect January 1, 2012,
and civil union partners will have access to the full range of
state law rights and responsibilities when they enter into
their civil union. Rights and responsibilities related to
Hawai`i state tax laws will apply to taxable years beginning
after December 31, 2011.