Report: PA lags in LGBT equality

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.

But more than half of them, including Pennsylvania, are failing to introduce legislation that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Forum explores issue of abuse of people with disabilities

Nancy Smith first noticed something missing from existing programs on domestic and sexual violence when she was working at an Ohio YWCA in 2001.

While collaborating with an independent living center near the YWCA, she learned that almost every person the organization was serving — people with disabilities in the community — had a history of sexual violence.

“I was stunned,” Smith said. She had a master’s degree in women’s studies, worked with survivors of sexual assault and studied oppression of women and people of color, but said she had “never, ever thought about domestic and sexual violence against people with disabilities.”

Few nursing homes adjust care for obese patients

Nearly 25 percent of people entering nursing homes are moderately or severely obese, and that number is expected to grow.

Nursing home staff, who are already often overworked, are having trouble handling these patients and special needs that the facilities aren’t equipped to provide for, reports Kaiser Health News.