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Twitter Bans Blood Drives; Philadelphia Gender Neutral Rest Rooms; Rosie O’Donnell, Again

Twitter Bans Blood Drives

This is an interesting move by Twitter that might help stop some of the discrimination that gay and bisexual men have faced when it comes to donating blood.

Twitter has announced that it has banned blood drives at its US offices while the FDA continues to ban gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

The ban came in to place in April but was only announced yesterday after the company made its debut on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index.

In its first appearance on the ranking, which looks at LGBT inclusive policies and procedures in the business world, the company scored the top mark of 100%.

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This FDA ban has been going on since 1983 and it’s ONLY based on identification, not behavior.

Philadelphia Gender Neutral Rest Rooms

There’s a new law in Philadelphia that states that any restaurant or bar with single occupancy rest rooms will now be gender neutral. Single occupancy means not having multiple stalls.

‘Providing access to a private, non-gendered, all-inclusive bathroom can simply reduce the stress of using the restroom,’ said Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, to KYW Newsradio.

Signing the law at a ceremony at Fergie’s Pub on Sansom Street, Mayor Nutter, in jocular fashion, said that the law did not apply to restrooms with multiple stalls.

‘Multi-occupant bathroom facilities – it just really doesn’t sound like something you want to be part of – can remain gender-specific,’ reported CBS.

There’s more here. 

I have a few thoughts on this one but I’d rather save it for another post. It’s not something you can get into without at least a little detail.

Rosie O’Donnell, Again

It seems that wherever Rosie O’Donnell goes there’s some kind of an issue. Millions of people live and work and play without having even one of the issues she’s become so famous for. And this time it’s about Rosie wanting a lawsuit a former producer filed against her thrown out of court.

Rosie O’Donnell says she’s not to blame for Jennifer Shepard-Brookman being fired from The View and wants a judge to dismiss the lawsuit against her filed by the former producer. 

Brookman, fired earlier this year after 14 years with the show, alleges O’Donnell cost her the job because she blamed her for leaking details of the show’s backstage tensions to the press.

The suit, filed last month in New York, the lawsuit accuses O’Donnell of making ‘false and defamatory statements of fact about Ms. Brookman to others in their workplace, which caused Ms. Brookman to suffer intense emotional distress, anxiety, and lack of sleep, destroyed her professional reputation, and led to her termination of employment.’

I hope the presses follow up on this one. I’m kind of curious to see how it turns out. As far as I know it’s not as simple to prove defamation as people think it is. In addition, the lawsuit allegedly states that Rosie screamed at the producer, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. But that probably won’t count as defamation. It’s too bad there isn’t some kind of law that states Rosie O’Donnell has to keep her big mouth shut. 

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