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Staffers at hospital that cares for LGBTQ and immigrant patients to protest visit by wife of noted immigrant-hating homophobe

Melania Trump and her husband's secretary of health and human serviced are scheduled to be best at Boston Medical Center tomorrow, visiting a program aimed at helping the babies of drug users, but they will be greeted by a protest by hospital staffers who feel their presence is an insult to some of the most vulnerable populations the hospital normally goes out of its way to serve.

Dr. Marissa Hamrick, a family physician at the hospital, reports staffers will hold a "stand-in for solidarity" between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Moakley Green, on the Harrison Avenue side of the hospital campus.

I am concerned about the message this sends to our community, many of whom have been directly harmed by the policies of the Trump administration.

I am exceptionally proud of the programs BMC provides for our patients and community, but endorsing a visit from this administration amounts to nothing less than a betrayal of our hospital's core values.

A nurse at the hospital adds:

We serve undocumented immigrants and the hospital has pledged to support and protect them-even having lawyers assist in their cases. Totally fucked up to host the spouse of the man many hold responsible (regardless of how multifaceted the issue is).

Pediatric patients have been separated from their parents (this has always been an issue).

BMC offers reproductive services that are at risk based on proposals from Trump and/or those he has advising him or those he has appointed.

We consider ourselves a safe haven for LGBTQ community to access care. BMC has a transgender medicine program. The company kept in the WH is not aligned with "our" values.

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Will Melania be wearing a sweater-hoodie fucking thing with a message like that printed on it?
Fuck them. The Trumps are scum, and they should be met with protests. Good on the staff for making the effort to send the right message to some very wrong people.

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The first lady of the US will visit Boston Medical Center to celebrate the success of a novel and innovative program designed to make the lives of babies born to addicted mothers

Meanwhile ignorant politically indoctrinated staff and some others will protest the visit

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especially with this administration.

this is a campaign visit. no one in the administration actually cares about novel programs that serve marginalized groups.

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That is the point,...

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Everything is political when you make everything political.

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go to different states, these programs have been shut down due to federal regulations. they are just here for a photo op to take credit where non is due.

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While Melania is Trump's wife, no one voted HER in based on her stance on any issue. She just got dragged along. She's not here campaigning for Trump. Maybe it's just my upbringing, but I was taught to show respect to the police and elected officials and especially the President. I have zero respect for Trump, but I DO respect the office and Melania's a package deal with "the office". On the flip side, all the things that were mentioned that people want to protest about are 100% legit issues, so I guess it's just complicated.

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The doctors and nurses are being respectful. Standing in protest isn't exactly a violent act. Respect for someone isn't the same as ignoring their actions.

But as for Melania, she is visiting the hospital to represent the current administration as an act of public relations. This isn't a personal visit as a private citizen.

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Melania is part of the administration. She's not a "package deal" with the office, like the Oval Office desk, she's a person who all this time has had the ability to push back against any one of her husband's disastrous policies or turns of discourse.

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I was taught to respect LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, immigrants, people of color, religious minorities, any other marginalized folks, and to speak up when someone else is promoting injustice. I wasn't taught that the perpetrator is immune from being called out if they're a police office or elected official.

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people they really service?? I think maybe they go to BI or MGH.

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No offense intended, but I think it would show a remarkable level of ignorance to assume or posit that there aren’t plenty of LGBTQ people in the community being serviced by BMC

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They've shown a remarkable level of ignorance on most topics.

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She's not here campaigning for Trump.

Of course she is. Don’t be disingenuous.

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Weird headline construction.

There's a hospital for only LGBTQ (etc...) and immigrant patients?

or

All of the other hospitals treat only straight people who were born in this country?

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He is trying to editorialize in his headline.

I suppose if he of a different political bent, he could have wrote "People concerned about opiate addiction visit main area hospital dealing with opiate addiction- protests follow," but that's not his leaning.

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Oh you were so close to self awareness when you said this, sad to see it didn't stick.

"I guess we can see what we want to see"

Oh that was a good one but still just missing the mark.

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I am now living in your head, and not paying rent on the space.

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no way spin recovers from that scorching.

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But thats actually really well played, spinning a classic spin line on spin :)

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im sure that was his intention.

even a broken clock is right twice a day i suppose.

(or wrong most of the day as the case may be)

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It doesn't say "only."

The staff at this hospital are calling out someone who is anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant, because those views are harmful to some of the people they treat. Healthcare professionals are bound to codes of ethics that say we need to be culturally competent and provide appropriate care for all folks.

It's peak fragility to take issue with someone speaking out about maltreatment of marginalized folks and insinuating that it's "special treatment" or whatever. I'm sure if someone came there with an anti-white-male stance, they'd speak out too.

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and insinuating that it's "special treatment"

Ummmm....

hospital staffers who feel their presence is an insult to some of the most vulnerable populations the hospital normally goes out of its way to serve.

The hospital admits it goes out of its way for certain groups.

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ok boomer

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hospitals go out of their way to help sick people. Special treatment! Discrimination against healthy people!

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Illegal immigrants oops, (undocumented). immigrants

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who worked on a tourist visa and overstayed

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Just a friendly reminder that Alex Azar (HHS Sec) is the guy responsible for doubling insulin prices a few years back.

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Vulnerable? I thought the BLTGQ community was generally affluent and that immigrants get freebies from the state as well as breaks from moonbat judges.

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But hey, life is for learning.

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I thought the BLTGQ community was generally affluent

Where on Earth would you get the idea that a population that is historically marginalized and discriminated against, sometimes with extreme violence, would be "generally affluent?"

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his comment was well-intentioned sarcasm

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Especially given the other commenters above

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Next time, just say “Orange man bad”... it’s more succinct.

- as far as I know, he doesn’t like illegal immigrants storming the border... you know, the same people the Dems used to be against when they were in favor of securing the border... until they weren’t.

- it’s possible there was a more LGBTQ-friendly President than Trump...but I can’t think of any right now.

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Friendly people don't tell you that it's okay for others to deny you housing, healthcare and employment. Bad Orange Man and his administration are working tirelessly to eliminate protections for LGBTQ people that were established under the previous administrations that you can't believe ever existed.

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it’s possible there was a more LGBTQ-friendly President than Trump...but I can’t think of any right now.

You must be pretty fucking stupid, then, since Trump is literally working to ensure that discrimination against LGBTQ individuals is legal across the nation. This is the most explicitly anti-LGBTQ administration I can remember, certainly since Reagan.

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President Trump is taking America straight back to the early part of the Obama administration, perhaps as late as 2012. I'm not going to make that claim you are refuting, but I do think that a case could be made that the Trump administration is more LGBTQ-friendly than the administrations of either of the Bushes or Clinton just based on the facts at hand.

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a case could be made that the Trump administration is more LGBTQ-friendly than the administrations of either of the Bushes or Clinton just based on the facts at hand.

I suppose so, if you're an idiot. Bush and Clinton both expanded LGBTQ rights. Trump is actively working to restrict them. Try some reality some day, you might like it.

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Are you talking about "don't ask, don't tell," or the Defense of Marriage Act?

But hey, W. would be happy that you think he expanded LGBTQ rights, as would his friend Ellen DeGeneres. Let's mark W. down as a big supporter of gay rights, then. I guess you got me, at least back to 2001 (assuming you aren't counting circa 2008 Obama's opposition to gay marriage as something.)

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What is he working to restrict again? Sorry that you don't like the Orange Man - it happens.....

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I work with a few gay people, my sister is friends with a few.....people they follow online who are gay....they'd respectfully disagree with you...and probably wouldn't say "you must be pretty fucking stupid, then"....

The party of love and tolerance strikes once again.

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