FB posted statement… I wonder if NA should issue a statement on this…

This has been posted. Ken
> On Dec 19, 2017, at 4:50 AM, Scott Duty (finnicky@comcast.net) <finnicky@comcast.net> wrote: > > Ken, can we post this in our news section? > > > Scott > >> On December 19, 2017 at 3:11 AM “Mark P. Behar, PA-C” <mpbehar@wisc.edu> wrote: >> >> >> Mark P. Behar GLMA Statement on “Transgender” Ban at CDC >> >> On December 16th, the Washington Post broke a story, revealing officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were given a list of seven prohibited words or phrases by the Trump Administration. These words were: “fetus,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity ,” “evidence-based,” “science-based,” and “transgender.” GLMA President Gal Mayer, MD, MS, and GLMA (Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the following statement in response: >> >> “We are deeply troubled and dismayed, but not surprised, that the Trump Administration has banned the CDC from using certain words, including the words “evidence-based” and “transgender.” In doing so, this administration is limiting the effectiveness of the CDC’s science-based public health mission and, once again, playing politics with the health and lives of transgender individuals. >> >> “This past year, the Trump administration has continually demonstrated that it is no ally of the transgender community, nor the entire LGBTQ community, by issuing policy to ban transgender individuals in the military, rescinding protection guidelines for transgender students in schools, eliminating gender identity questions from surveys of older Americans, and fighting gender-identity non-discrimination regulations in healthcare. This directive is yet another attack on transgender individuals. >> >> “In response to this directive, GLMA has sent a letter to CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, calling on her to issue a statement that emphatically and unequivocally states the CDC will continue to use science-based approaches to improve the health and well-being of the full diversity of the American people, including transgender individuals. Nothing short of a clear, strong statement to this effect will fully absolve any doubts regarding the inclusion of transgender people in the communities that are served under the mission of the CDC.” >> >> >> >> >> >> — >> Mark P. Behar, PA-C, MPAS >> Distinguished Fellow (DFAAPA), Clinical Preceptor (CPAAPA) >> American Academy of Physician Assistants >> >> Director, 2016-18; Co-Chair Emeritus 2012-16 >> National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT): A Gay Multiracial Organization for All People >> “NABWMT Envisions America Free of Racism and Homophobia” >> >> Co-Founder, 1979 >> Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Physician Assistant(LBGTPA) Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) >> >> “Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own. Imagination is a >> force that can actually manifest a reality.” >> ―James Cameron (Director/Producer of Avatar, Deep Sea Explorer) >> >> “If you’re not in the room, the conversation is about you. >> If you are in the room, than the conversation is with you.” >> ―Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, November, 2012 >> >> “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, >> you have within you the strength, the patience, and the >> passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” >> ―Harriet Tubman, 1820-1913 >> >> “We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers…. >> When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge >> his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers >> dignity on him.” >> ―Bayard Rustin, 1912-1987

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