Janice Langbehn: Reaching for Justice in an Anti-Gay City

6 10 2009


WHEN: Monday, October 12 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: SU Law Courtroom (First Floor by the campus side entrance)

Janice Langbehn was denied access to her dying partner’s bedside in a Miami hospital because, the social worker told her,”you are in an anti-gay city and state.” Janice and Lisa Pond, her partner of 18 years, had traveled with their three children from Olympia to Miami for a family cruise. Lisa suffered a stroke as they were about depart and was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Despite the doctor’s acknowledgement that no medical reason existed to prevent visitation, neither Janice nor her children were allowed to see Lisa until nearly eight hours after their arrival and then only for a short time. Lisa died alone, while her family was kept away from her by bleak hospital walls and a deep prejudice against lesbian and gay families. Janice’s case was recently dismissed by the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.¬† Judi O’Kelley, a Lambda Legal attorney, will show a video about Janice’s story, speak about legal issues surrounding this case and how Janice’s case fits into Lambda’s national mission. Janice’s story is sponsored by Outlaws and comes to SU Law as part of Social Justice Week.




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