I received the following email from the Human Rights Campaign. I am passing it on to our readers of The Pagan and the Pen and asking that you do the same as well.
Last week, President Obama issued an historic memorandum to help ensure equal access to hospital visits and decision-making rights for same-sex couples.
It’s a critical step forward for the rights of same-sex couples, one we’ve been working on with the White House for the past year.
The Department of Health and Human Services must issue regulations implementing the President’s directive, and those won’t go into effect for at least several months. If you’re part of a same-sex couple and you want to make the most of those forthcoming protections and protect your family as much as possible right now – you must have the proper legal documentation in place.
So what documents do you need exactly? You’ll need visitation forms to make sure your family and friends can visit you, as well as a health care proxy and living will to ensure that those who know you the best can make medical decisions on your behalf in an emergency.
You can find out more and download sample forms at: http://www.hrc.org/issues/protect-your-visitation-and-decision-making-rights.htm
This is also a good time to let you know about two other great resources from HRC.
The first is the Healthcare Equality Index, our groundbreaking nationwide report on healthcare facilities’ policies around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This index was a key resource in our efforts with the White House on this memorandum – and you can use it to find out the policies of your nearest hospital. The next edition of the Healthcare Equality Index is due to be released in early June.
The second is a very useful list of legal documents to help you protect your family – until same-sex couples are granted the same rights as all couples, everywhere.
And one last thing! Whether or not you’re in a same-sex relationship, please, please, share this information on Facebook and Twitter today.
No one else should find themselves shut out of a loved one’s hospital room.
In dreams I saw a raven
Circling in the skies,
I think I saw myself
Flying in disguise.
Between the many shades
Of woodland green I saw
A pool bright with the sun,
The waves in fire undone.
Breaking through the underbrush
I think I was a bear
Drinking flames of water
To cool my burning thirst.
Sending soft soil flying,
As frog I kicked with sturdy legs
Reaching for the cool respite
Through the glimmer gliding.
I floated, deeper, down,
Immersed in liquid light
Now chastened, casting shadows
In my emerald kingdom.
© jsmorgane (April 2010)
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The Numerology number for today is: 3
The number three is associated with spring, consequently with beginnings, new ventures and with fertile phases of growth. These can be physical or mental. Three is symbolized by the triangle and can therefore represent the holy trinity of whatever faith or spirituality. It is linked to the planet Jupiter, the sign of the Sagittarius and the colors mauve and amethyst.
Now, let’s hop back through time on this Friday and see what our Ancient Ancestors have shaking!
The Romans will be having an observance for their beloved God Jupiter and their Goddess Venus today. All of Rome would go out and pour whatever wine was left from the previous year unto the ground as an offering the the Gods.
Peeking in on the Norse, who began some Summer yesterday, we see that they are having a Festival for Sigurd today. The day also being known as Sigurdsblót.
In many Pagan traditions, today is called Green Man and huge celebrations would have been held, and still are today sometimes. the Green Man represented the forests and was represented as vegetation when Pagans created symbols of him. The Green Man also represented spring, nature, and the growth warmer weather triggered.
At times, the Green Man was also carved into Pagan tombstones, representing eternal life.