Recently, I wrote an article for one of my classes about the current status of the healthcare system for homosexuals in Kentucky. It wasn’t until I began my research that I realized just how bad the situation is in the state I call home.
Healthcare has never been something I’ve found much interest in, but after doing a little bit of research on the subject, I could not wrap my mind around the situation.
Kentucky Law states that in order for a person to make decisions on behalf of their incompacitated same-sex partner, they have a written consent notarized with at least two witnesses present. I even found, in severe cases, a person may not even be able to visit their same-sex partner. And, bascially, a bunch of other narrow-minded, ridiculous rules that our government refuses to change.
Some of the things I read and found were quite disturbing. It’s bad enough to have someone you love with all of your heart and soul dying, but to not even be able to sit by the side…quite possibly one of the most disgusting, inhumane things you could possibly do to another human being.
Fortunately, the doctor’s office employees I interviewed for my article gave a little hope to society as a whole. They had a lot to say about the topic and seemed very passionate about equality. But this is just one in millions of offices across the country.
Some states do have LGBT-specific healthcare clinics. But there are only 13 of these across the entire country. How are the estimated 1 million people who identify as LGBT supposed to fit into 13 doctor’s offices?
What our country needs are leaders who will make equality happen. Not tomorrow, or in a few days…but NOW! In politics, in classrooms, and even in doctor’s offices.