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Dear members of the Committee for Fair Visitation at Jackson Memorial
Hospital,

Please join Lambda Legal and our partner organizations for this free event
for the Southern Florida LGBT community:

Take the Power
Strategies for Protecting Ourselves and Our Loved Ones
Special guest: Janice Langbehn, Lambda Legal client,
Langbehn v. Jackson Memorial Hospital
Thursday, November 19, 2009 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Unity on the Bay 411 NE 21st Street, Miami, Florida
(parking lot on NE 22nd Street)

Just a few weeks ago, the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Florida rejected Lambda Legal’s lawsuit filed against Jackson
Memorial Hospital on behalf of Janice Langbehn and her family. Janice and
the three children she and her partner, Lisa Pond, adopted were kept apart
from Lisa by hospital staff for nearly eight hours as Lisa’s condition
deteriorated and she died.

In response to Lambda Legal’s lawsuit, the Public Health Trust of the Miami
Dade County — the governing body of Jackson Memorial Hospital — filed a
motion to dismiss the case. In its decision, the court agreed with the
hospital’s argument that Jackson Memorial has no obligation to allow their
patients visitors in their trauma unit.

The court’s decision paints a tragic picture of how vulnerable lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender people and our families really are in times
of crisis. We have to take extra steps to protect our rights.

Let’s come together to make sure this never happens again. At this event
you will hear Janice’s story and:
find out about legal documents you can use to protect your rights
such as a Healthcare Proxy, Living Will and Shared Custody or
Guardianship Agreement;
hear about steps being taken improve polices and training at Jackson
Memorial Hospital; and
learn about the pending statewide domestic partner bill and what you
can do to help win fairness and equality for our families in Florida.
RSVPs preferred. Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to phalpern@lambdalegal.org or 305-759-7350.

Co-sponsoring organizations:
Equality Florida
The Miami Workers’ Center
Pride Denter at Equality Park
Save Dade

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