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GHSU students get involved in National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Awareness Week

Sunday, March 25, 2012 5:01 PM
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This week marks the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Awareness Week, and local medical students and faculty are getting involved.

Justin Neisler, a co-president of GHSU Equality,  hangs a poster for "Come Out for Health" Wednesday afternoon at Georgia Health Sciences University.   ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Justin Neisler, a co-president of GHSU Equality, hangs a poster for "Come Out for Health" Wednesday afternoon at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Starting today, GHSU Equality, a student-run organization, and the American Medical Student Association will put on a week of events focused on awareness and community.

Dubbed “Come Out For Health,” the week will begin with a “Lunch-n-Learn” panel discussion to raise awareness for health-related issues facing the LGBT community.

Gareth Fenley, a staff member of the Psychiatry Department at Georgia Health Sciences University’s Medical College of Georgia and member of GHSU Equality, is on the panel today and will speak about her health care experiences as a patient, specifically as a lesbian.

“The first step is to be aware,” she said. “But also, we need to be knowledgeable about the different health issues people face.”

Justin Neisler, a co-president and one of the founders of GHSU Equality, said the week is a chance for Augustans inside and outside the LGBT community to come together and show support.

Neisler, 24, is a first-year medical student at MCG. He said after applying to medical schools across the country for two years, he was disappointed when he was only accepted to MCG because unlike Atlanta, where he was working after completing undergraduate college, he thought there would not be an LGBT community.

“It wasn’t as bad as I had thought,” Neisler said about moving to Augusta and attending the medical school. “It was more about the perception I had about it before I moved here; that’s what we need to change.”

When he got to MCG, Neisler immediately helped start GHSU Equality. Although the group is not associated with the school, it is made up of GHSU students and faculty.

He said he quickly realized there are pockets of supporters around Augusta and within the schools and that they just needed to be brought together.

Fenley, who also moved from Atlanta, said she believes events like this week’s panel can promote a well-developed LGBT community in Augusta. Since moving here five years ago, she has seen the creation of the Augusta Pride parade and has seen more and more people become involved.

“When I moved here, there were a few bars and that’s about it,” she said. “We are heading in a positive direction.”

The rest of the week will focus on different aspects of awareness, including sharing and celebrating it.

Neisler hopes eventually to have pamphlets with GSHU Equality information included in information packets given to students accepted to MCG so LGBT students would be aware there is a community in which to get involved.

“I was probably the first openly gay person anyone in my class has known,” Neisler said. “We need to make sure gay people feel it’s safe and accepting to come here. That’s the goal.”

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freespeach
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freespeach 03/25/12 - 07:12 pm
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GHSU Equality as the name of
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GHSU Equality as the name of your organization is misleading. You're not promoting equality for those who are not LGBT. You're only representing your own specialized group. Consider changing your name to better reflect that you are an LGBT focused organization.

outintheright
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outintheright 03/25/12 - 10:30 pm
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Kudos to Justin and Gareth

Kudos to Justin and Gareth for be willing to stand up for such an important issue.

Just a note of correction. GHSU Equality is not a student-run organization, but consists largely of employees the GHSU medical center as well. Justin and Gareth are both relative newcomers to the GHSU community. Yet, they bring a great passion to this issue and a willingness to publically engage the community. However, a note of thanks and recognition is also due to the many folks over the years who have fought in their own way to improve the experiences of LGBT patients in the GHSU and CSRA community. I don't name names because unfortunately we live in a town where there are many folks who use the Bible to hate and judge, versus love and accept.

I am just happy to see the Augusta Chronicle print such a positive article about the gay community. Kudos to Summer Moore as well, and thank you for writing this piece.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/25/12 - 10:59 pm
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I'm sure there are those who

I'm sure there are those who are proud of the people involved in the LGBT community and GHSU Equality for taking a stand for such an important issue for them. It's just sad that a few weeks ago, another group of students who were just as proud, cut their hair, and took a stand for something they believed was just as important (abortion), were ridiculed, laughed at and many negative comments posted here, because unfortunately we live in a town where folks who do not believe in the Bible and biblical principals, hate and judged them. It works both ways I'm afraid.

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itsanotherday1 03/26/12 - 01:31 am
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Southern, I'm totally

Southern, I'm totally disgusted when thinking about the physical/sexual part of homosexuality; but I also realize it is a perfectly normal feeling for THEM. I also firmly believe it is genetic, and not a choice. At a base level, I liken it to any other genetic issue that puts someone outside of the "norm" and accept it as such. Homosexuals present ZERO issues to society in general; like everyone else, those birds of a feather flock together. Don't make the mistake of confusing homosexuality with child molesters and other sexual perverts. While some molesters and perverts are homosexuals, the vast majority of homosexuals are not molesters or perverts. Just do some research on your own if you don't believe me. It is an old stereotype that has no basis in reality.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/26/12 - 12:49 am
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"It cuts both ways" Yes it

"It cuts both ways"

Yes it does ICL. I think we would all do well, me included; to stop and think a little deeper about where the other side is coming from. I used to be a lot more rigid in my thinking, but time and experience has made me more of a social moderate. Some people say moderates stand for nothing, but I disagree. Moderates have opened their minds and eyes to realize life isn't black and white.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/26/12 - 06:14 am
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itsanotherday, I agree that

itsanotherday, I agree that we all would do well if we could stop and consider where the other side is coming from, although for me, I am just as rigid in my thinking that homosexuality is a sin, because my thoughts (for the most part) are based on God's principals. BUT, I have learned to love the sinner without accepting the sin. The point of my comment is there will always be conflict between those who follow this world and those who follow Jesus, oil and water will never mix.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 03/26/12 - 06:17 am
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In the video, Justin Neisler

In the video, Justin Neisler sometimes referred to his community as "LGBTQ" because the "Q" stands for questioning. No doubt this week's events are intended to lure young people into the sinful LGBT lifestyle.

I notice that a staff member of GHSU's Psychiatry Department will be speaking in support of the LGBT rally. Will there be any department members opposing it? Probably not, since biblical standards aren't welcome.

ICL is right to note the double standard: the ridicule recently heaped on the pro-life students versus the support and encouragement being lavished on the LGBTs.

southern2
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southern2 03/26/12 - 07:20 am
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itsanotherday1, No Awareness

itsanotherday1, No Awareness Week, (Month, Year or Decade) will ever change my inner beliefs of what is right and wrong. I've worked with a few homosexuals and we got along great. That's all I will allow myself to do. They did not cluster me with posters and a corporate agenda trying to persuade me that my moral compass was south of true north. I resent this part of the movement and especially the influence it has on younger, searching minds.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/12 - 07:15 am
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Is a transgendered someone

Is a transgendered someone who has had a sex change operation?

georgepeters
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georgepeters 03/26/12 - 07:28 am
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For those who believe the

For those who believe the Bible is true, it is sin. For those who do not believe it is true, it is still sin, but it really makes no difference, since this is not what you look to for guidance. Since Christianity is not a requirement to live in this country, you are free to chose which path you take, but you do it at your own risk, which you are free to do. You do not want Christians to criticize you for your choice, so why criticize Christians for what they truly believe and chose as their guide? True Christians love all of God creation, but not necessarily all their actions.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/26/12 - 07:48 am
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I find it easy to treat

I find it easy to treat everyone with respect and kindness so this isn't an issue for me personally. I do beleive though, that you can't force people to feel a certain way, or agree with things they don't condon or understand and that goes for both sides. People have gotten to sensitive these days, people are offended way to easily this is why some feel like issues are always pushed down their throats. You have to anger one group to please another and that makes no sense to me. I could care less what people think of me, I am a strong person..... As long as you love yourself and you are being true to yourself then don't worry about what others say and do, your life is yours to live it as you choose regardless of whether you are straight, gay or lesbian.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 03/26/12 - 08:05 am
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Is a transgendered someone

    Is a transgendered someone who has had a sex change operation? (Riverman1).

You bet. So, should sex-change operations be covered by Obamacare? I mean, are they a kind of reproductive health right?

deadline
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deadline 03/26/12 - 09:16 am
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Southern2: "I've worked with

Southern2: "I've worked with a few homosexuals and we got along great." You know, they aren't aliens, they are humans.

deadline
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deadline 03/26/12 - 09:18 am
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It took five posts before

It took five posts before someone busted out the Bible. My over/under was 3. Progress!

swcohen
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swcohen 03/26/12 - 09:18 am
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Two older women meet while

Two older women meet while shopping. One asks the other "so, how's that bright, handsome son of yours?"

The other replies "oh, he fell in love with another man. They ran off to New York and got married."

"Oh my, that's terrible!" says the first woman.

"It's not so bad," says the second woman, "the man he married is a doctor!"

Gay or straight, all my child would need to be is happy. Being successful, however, wouldn't hurt...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/12 - 09:29 am
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So how do transgenders fit in

So how do transgenders fit in with the gay, lesbian and bisexuals? It appears they would be heterosexual in their new gender. Or are some gay and lesbians AFTER they have had the sex change? It could get confusing.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/26/12 - 09:33 am
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You just don't understand,

You just don't understand, RM. :-)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/12 - 09:48 am
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LL, I'm actually very

LL, I'm actually very insightful about some things. I'm just goofing here. Honestly, being the Libertarian I am, I don't care what anyone does, said in my best Ron Paul voice. (No, that does not mean I'd vote for him.)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/26/12 - 09:54 am
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Speaking of voting, things

Speaking of voting, things are really quiet in Col. Co. commission races this year. There may be no opposition at all.

PghSteelersFan
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PghSteelersFan 03/26/12 - 09:54 am
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A 'transgendered' person is

A 'transgendered' person is NOT necessarily someone who has surgery to change the 'plumbing'. They are people who feel they personally are the wrong 'sex'. They are not truly 'homosexual' although they are listed under the LGBT umbrella which gives people the idea that they are.
Those who really want to have sex change surgery go through a battery of psychological tests. They then have to take hormones relative to the sex they feel they are for a period of time and then finally they can have the surgery.
For the poster who said 'Obamacare' will pay for it. The answer is no it won't. Such surgery is not currently covered by any insurance company and it will most likely stay that way. The law doesn't even mention such a surgery.
For those who are wondering how I know about trangendered people, I personally am not but have friends who are. Some have had surgery and now live hetrosexual lives comfortable with the sex they are now while others who can not afford the very expensive process (psychology visits, hormones, and the surgery) 'live' as the sex they wish they were.

southern2
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southern2 03/26/12 - 10:05 am
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Please allow another question

Please allow another question about the LGBT moniker. Aren't lesbians gay? Why do they get double billing in the community?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/26/12 - 10:04 am
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"itsanotherday1, No Awareness

"itsanotherday1, No Awareness Week, (Month, Year or Decade) will ever change my inner beliefs of what is right and wrong. I've worked with a few homosexuals and we got along great. That's all I will allow myself to do. They did not cluster me with posters and a corporate agenda trying to persuade me that my moral compass was south of true north."

I am with you on the "in your faceness" activists do. My point is that we should live and let live. (that applies BOTH ways; I don't want a bunch of activists of any sort around me). I have to differ though about "luring" young impressionable minds into a lifestyle. If your feelings trend that way, you will do it regardless. No amount of "luring" will turn a hetero into a homo. They are wired that way. Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs about sin, but they are not entitled to ostracize, discriminate, or otherwise harm someone because of those beliefs. As ICL said, hate the sin, love the sinner if you think it is sinful; just don't blame someone for their genetics.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/26/12 - 10:20 am
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deadline "It took five posts

deadline "It took five posts before someone busted out the Bible. My over/under was 3. Progress!"

deadline, since the strongest opposition to the LBGT lifestyle is rooted in biblical belief that it is a sin, why would you be surprised when the Bible or sin is mentioned?

Deadline, if you would read the second half of southern2's comment it would explain what she meant about working with homosexuals and getting along great with them. I think she/he is aware they are not aliens.

gagentleman
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gagentleman 03/26/12 - 10:22 am
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part of the problem with the

part of the problem with the world today is the fact thay nothing shocks us anymore.NEWS FLASH,gays are not normal people,you dont ever see other species of mammals having sex with the same gender.and i dont think you should recieve special rights and protection for a sexual preference(they are not a seperate race).if there is a medical reason for homosexuality it is sure to be a hormonal problem and could be treated. but to say these people are normal ,i have just one thing to say,NO THEY ARE NOT

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Fiat_Lux 03/26/12 - 10:58 am
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You would not believe how

You would not believe how much acceptance of this agenda and other "diversity" and "cultural sensitivity" issues are being pushed at MCG. If it's PC, expect to find it as policy there.

southern2
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southern2 03/26/12 - 11:11 am
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Couldn't help but notice the

Couldn't help but notice the pictured billboard with the LGBT poster displayed for all to see. I wonder how long a copy of the Ten Commandments would be allowed to stay there because someone might get offended? I also wonder how much public funding(tax dollars) is being used to facilitate and support GHSU EQUALITY and the LUNCH N LEARN gathering. Staff writer please do a follow up.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/26/12 - 11:20 am
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From the article: Neisler,

From the article:

Neisler, 24, is a first-year medical student at MCG. He said after applying to medical schools across the country for two years, he was disappointed when he was only accepted to MCG . . .

Doesn't sound very encouraging about MCG admission standards.

OJP
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OJP 03/26/12 - 11:46 am
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Fundamental_Armenian: The "Q"

Fundamental_Armenian: The "Q" stands for "Queer". Generally speaking, "queer" refers to individuals whose sexuality cannot be neatly fit into the binary structure of homosexual or bisexual. Homosexuality is same sex, bisexual is both sexes equally. Queer is anything else, e.g., 90% same, 10% opposite; 30% same, 70% opposite; asexual.

A second, lower-case "q" is often added to represent "Questioning". This stands for those who are just not sure where they fit (and, no, there is no "recruitment" aspect to any of this).

Personally, I find myself using the wildcard symbol: "*". This probably will not gain traction since part of the homosexual agenda clearly includes co-opting the entire alphabet.

OJP
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OJP 03/26/12 - 11:37 am
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Riverman1/Fundamental_Armenia

Riverman1/Fundamental_Armenian: No, transgender does not necessarily mean a sex-change operation took place; generally, transexual is the term for someone who undergoes that.

Transgenders are those who do not identify with their culturally-assigned gender.

OJP
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OJP 03/26/12 - 11:40 am
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ICL: Correct me if I'm wrong,

ICL: Correct me if I'm wrong, but you are a woman, right?

1 Timothy 2:12 - for the win.

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