By Diane Coleman I have an advanced neuromuscular condition and must use breathing support with a mask 18 hours a day. As a severely disabled person who depends on life-sustaining treatment, I would be able to qualify for assisted suicide at any time where it is legal. If I became despondent, for example if I lost my husband or my job, and decided that I wanted to die, I would not be treated the same as a nondisabled, healthy person who despaired over divorce or job loss. If anyone doubted that someone like me would qualify for assisted suicide in a state like Oregon, those doubts were laid to rest in December 2017 when an Oregon Public Health Department official clarified in writing: "Patients suffering from any disease (not just those that typically qualify one for the DWDA [Death With Dignity Act]) may not be able to afford some treatments or medication, and may choose not to pursue some treatments or take some medication for personal reasons. . . . If the … [Read more...] about I depend on life-support to stay alive. Why I won’t ask for ‘aid in dying’
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“I don’t want to get beaten to death, stabbed and burnt alive,” a slight woman with long blond hair and a checked shirt says. “I want a gun to feel equal.” She is a member of one of the United States’ fastest-growing gun clubs, the jauntily named Pink Pistols. Two years after the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, gay, lesbian and transgender Americans are nervous. According to the Human Rights Center (HRC), a US LGBTI advocacy group, 52 gay people were murdered in the US last year because of their sexuality, and 28 transgender people met the same fate. In increasing numbers, they are fighting back by taking up arms. It’s brought them into lock step with pro-gun groups that haven’t, historically, been all that welcoming of gay people. Australian journalist Patrick Abboud traveled to the US to meet some of the new gun-toting gay people, for a report to be broadcast on Australian news show “The Feed” on Tuesday. It was … [Read more...] about Gay Americans are arming themselves to stay alive
By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 11, 2018 at 9:30 am | UPDATED: June 11, 2018 at 11:44 am With the permission of Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend Asia Argento, Rose McGowan has released to the media a letter that rebukes speculation that Argento and Bourdain were having relationship troubles prior to his suicide, and focuses instead on how the TV journalist and chef long struggled with depression and thoughts about ending his life. Soon after Bourdain and Argento began dating, “Anthony told a mutual friend, ‘He’s never met anyone who wanted to die more than him,'” McGowan wrote in her letter. Bourdain and Italian actress and director Argento began dating two years ago, and he became one of her fiercest defenders and #MeToo supporters after she joined McGowan in coming forward to publicly accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting them. Following Bourdain’s suicide in France, McGowan … [Read more...] about Depression, not Asia Argento, is to blame for Anthony Bourdain’s suicide, says Rose McGowan
Matt Haig about his life experiences and his books \"Reasons to Stay Alive\" and \"The Humans\" from 2016, Gothenburg Book fair duration: 43:04 published: 05 Apr 2017 updated: 05 Apr 2017 views: 5254 For Book Week Scotland we caught up with Reasons to Stay Alive author Matt Haig to quiz him about the 5 books which have meant the most to him in his life. Watch more Book Week Scotland videos at: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/book-week-scotland/2017-virtual-festival. duration: 3:31 published: 28 Nov 2017 updated: 28 Nov 2017 views: 1277 Matt Haig sat down recently with Director of Time to Change, Sue Baker, to talk about his book \'Reasons to Stay Alive\', in which he recalls his experience of depression as a young man. duration: 2:52 published: 16 Jun 2015 updated: 16 Jun 2015 views: 6286 Matt Haig\'s new novel centres on a man with a rare condition that means he ages slower than you or I. He has been alive for centuries but craves an ordinary life. … [Read more...] about Millennials call to BAN voicemail because it causes them anxiety (even though it’s perfectly simple to turn it off)