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U-m To Grant Equal Rights & Benefits To Lesbigays

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May
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1994
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The U-M Task Forcé created to examine the implementation of the amended Regental By-Law 14.06, which since last September ncludes sexual orientation as a category protected from discrimination, has submitted its report. The Task Force recommends that U-M offer the same rights and benefits to committed same-sex couples that t offers to married couples - that all medical and dental benefits granted to married employees' spouses and children be extended to the spouses and children of employees' same-sex partners, and that access to the University's family housing facilities be granted to samesex couples. The recommended benefits are estimated to cost up to 8250,000 out of the U-M's total benefits expenditure of $260 million. The Task Force was privileged to have the leadership of School of Dentistry Dean J. Bernard Machen. On another front, Fran Mayes, pastor of a smal! church in rural southern Mich., has been removed from her post allegedly because of her support of lesbigay concerns. Mayes was an eloquent speaker at the recent debate "Homosexuality & Christianity" on the U-M campus. She is a member of the Tree of Life MCC congregation in Ypsilanti, where she spoke movingly of Bryant Anderson at a service celebrating his too-soon-ended life. Cali 667-0926 to offer support for Fran. Galens Medical Society, a student group at the U-M Medie School, annually presents an end-of-year smoker offering comic relief to task-burdened medical students. This year's event was marred by a large amount of homophobic content. Mark Zawisa, president of Galens, offered a timely and positive response to concerns about the smoker raised by many members of the campus community, including the student group Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual People in Medicine. We hope that students, staff, and faculty of the Medical School will soon come to understand and support the needs and issues of our lesbigay constituency. Present and future health-care providers have an obligation to support diversity in all its manifestations. Congratulations to our graduates! Good luck in life's journey. May you continue to work for the liberties and justice that should belong to us all. Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and assault is our entitlement - we all need to claim this freedom for ourselves and for others. Qay Liberation Front's Purpose is to provide Information, counseling, and related social services for people concerned about sexual orientation. We maintain a hotline for crisis intervention, peer counseling and referral. We help provide factual nformation to offset prejudice and misinformation about Lesbians, Gay men, and Bisexual people. We work to obtain human and civil rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. We help organizo groups for Lesbians, Gay men, and Bisexual people and are a link to other community groups. Community Services include: a Hotline for crisis intervention, peer counseling, referral. Educatlon: workshops and conferences on concerns of Lesbians, Gay men, and Bisexual people with an emphasis on how people in the "helping professions" and "teaching professions" can work positively with cliente, patients, & students who are Lesbians, Gay men, and Bisexual people. Speakers Bureau: phone for nformation. Human & CMI Rights: nformation and referral to help people who are being discriminated against because of their actual or pre . sumed sexual orientation or because of their presumed "cross-gender" characteristics; lobbying for human and civil rights. Gay Liberation Front, co 31 1 8 Michigan Union, 530 S. State, Ann Arbor, Ml 48100-1340; 703-4180.

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