Wednesday, May 16, 2012
News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians
Obama declares support for gay marriage
President Obama announced last week that he now supports same-sex marriage. The president revealed his feelings in an interview with "Good Morning America" that aired May 10.
"When I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained," Obama said during the interview, "even now that ‘don't ask, don't tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."
The AMA lobbied to get "don't ask, don't tell" repealed based on AMA policy. The AMA recognizes that denying civil marriage based on sexual orientation is discriminatory and imposes a harmful stigma on gay and lesbian people, couples and their families and that the exclusion from civil marriage contributes to health care disparities affecting same-sex households.
Video looks at origins of diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity
Learn about the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity and how discrimination affects health by viewing "Origins of diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity: A review of the evidence," a video from the AMA.
The video is a recording of a presentation by Kate O'Hanlan, MD, a well-known gynecological oncologist and pelvic surgeon, during the November 2010 meeting of the AMA Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Issues. View the video, and learn more about the AMA GLBT committee.