This is a blog site dedicated to issues concerning LGBTQ parents and our children, and LGBTQ children in our families, touching on issues of family, faith, and the culture in which we live.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The Right for LGBT Partners to Be By Our Partner's Hospital Bedside...Sort of
Back in NC after a great trip to Oregon, where I visited with my folks, spent a marvelous time with the Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon (IDNO) as keynote lecturer, and preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton (and visited Silverado in downtown Portland).
My friend Mike Nelson, Orange County Commissioner (NC), blogged from his "Leading from the Left" site, about a new state law that let's hospital patients designate who can visit them: "The state has adopted new rules that will allow a patient to designate anyone, regardless of relationship status, to visit his or her room. While this does not address the very real and very serious issue of participating in medical decisions, it is a step toward fairer treatment for all."
Dean and I have written our "living wills" and given each other power to make decisions for the other person in case we are in the hospital. But, unlike married heterosexuals, we had to go to a lawyer in order to get this "power" in caring for each other in case of an emergency.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
I am a dad, who happens to be gay, with two amazing young adult children who have taught me, my partner, and their mom what grace, faith, hope, and love are all about. I am also an ordained clergyperson in the Presbyterian Church (USA), involved in congregational life, sometimes preaching here and there, and an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. I taught at Duke Divinity School at Duke University for over a decade, and I currently teach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I teach Ethics, World Religions, and English. And I am the Director of a religious non-profit, "School of the Pilgrim" (www.schoolofthepilgrim.com), in which I take people on actual pilgrimages to break out of the religion of rush hour in order to find their inner spiritual path. I am also glad to work with and be an advocate with people living with disabilities in faith communities, who teach me more about life in all its wonders and quirks. Enjoy the blog! And for more information about the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, go to www.onbeingagayparent.com. Email contact: email@example.com, and phone is 919-444-9111