Re-blog: Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): TEDMED and National Day of Silence (Week of April 15, 2013)

There is an awful lot going on this week and Twitter is buzzing about all of it. The annual TEDMED Conference is running from April 16-19 in Washington D.C. Our own Patricia F. Anderson is live-tweeting the stream of the event. Today is Great Challenges day, so there should be a spectacular amount of activity in the #TEDMED hashtag throughout the day. Here is what is being buzzed about so far:

On a different note, today is National #DayofSilence. Traditionally, participants take a vow of silence for one day to highlight the fact that LBTQIA (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally) are often bullied or endure hate speech which seeks to silence their voices. I visited a few hashtags related including #LGBT, #LGBTQ and #Trans. There was a lot of news about LGBT issues this week including the legalization of gay marriage in New Zealand as well as some insurance equity closer to home.

Tuesday was also National Healthcare Decision Day, #NHDD, which highlights the need for End of Life planning early in adulthood.


Standing Up, Speaking Out

United Nations Human Rights Council logo.

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I noticed a Huff Post tweet today that linked to Secretary of State Clinton’s LGBTQ speech delivered in honor of the upcoming anniversary of Human Rights Day.  She (or her speech writer) was absolutely brilliant in this speech.  Sometimes I hate when I’ve been searching for words to express what I want to say and then hear or see something that expresses it better than I ever could.  Other times, I just want to cheer the person that did get it right.  This was one of those times.

I often struggle to make my words and actions match my values.  It is HARD to live compassionately because there are people who will try to take advantage of that.  I would save the world if I could, and it hurts a little bit to know that I can’t.  Speeches like this make me proud to call Hillary Clinton one of my country’s leaders though.  She is helping to do what I cannot do by myself.

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