Demand Ball Memorial Hospital Stop Discriminating Against LGBT Patients
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Demand Ball Memorial Hospital Stop Discriminating Against LGBT Patients

    1. Jordan Rubenstein
    2. Petition by

      Jordan Rubenstein

      Astoria, NY

On July 18th, transgender woman Erin Vaught made a trip to the emergency room at Ball Memorial Hospital. She was coughing up blood and expected treatment for a lung condition.

Instead, she was ridiculed by hostpital staff, called names including "he-she" and "transvestite," and denied treatment.

Ball Memorial Hospital president Michael Haley responded to the incident, stating that the hospital is "committed to providing care with respect, dignity and courtesy."

But where was this respect, dignity, and courtesy when Vaught visited the hospital?

The hospital treated Vaught disrespectfully and inappropriately.

Please email Ball Memorial Hospital to demand that they stop discriminating against LGBT patients. The hospital should properly train its staff to prevent future discriminatory treatment of transgender patients.

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      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Last month, Erin Vaught went with her wife and son to Ball Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. She had been vomiting up blood and required medical care. Instead, as Jordan Rubenstein over at the Gay Rights blog notes,  what she received was a heaping dose...

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      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

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      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Erin Vaught made a trip to the emergency room at Ball Memorial Hospital in Central Indiana on July 18th. She came in coughing up blood and was expecting treatment for a lung condition.
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