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  • Esquire: Disabled Americans Have the Most to Fear Under RepubliCare Approximately twenty percent of Americans, or 56.7 million people, identify has having some degree of disability. Many of them require specialized health care, from routine visits for relatively healthy people with stable impairments, to round-the-clock support for those who need help with tasks of daily living. Disabled people may have the most to lose with ...
  • Bitch Magazine: No, Donald Trump Won’t Be Good for the Arts One of President Trump’s many big promises is slashing government funding—oddly, he’s also promised $1 trillion dollars in infrastructure spending, but it wouldn’t be the first contradiction in his political rhetoric, I suppose. Now, details are emerging on how he plans to do that. In one set of proposed cuts, he’s going straight to one ...
  • Teen Vogue: Why Donald Trump’s Pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, Is Worrying the Disability Community Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, is worrying many civil rights activists because of his history of alleged racist comments. It’s an issue that concerned a Reagan-era Congress so much that it refused to confirm him for a seat on the federal judiciary in 1986. A history of racism isn’t ...
  • Rewire: California’s Proposition 60 Is About More Than Just Condoms in Porn Proposition 60, “The California Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act,” is asking California voters to consider whether performers should be required to wear condoms in adult films. Like its Los Angeles-only predecessor, Measure B, which passed in 2012, it’s garnering considerable controversy, including a creative protest that involved shutting down access to adult ...
  • Bustle: How Your Vote For President May Determine The Future Of Trans Rights The stakes of the vacant Supreme Court seat are not a new subject of conversation in this election, and, by extension, neither are the social, legal, and civil rights issues that seat represents. This isn’t just about the high court, either, as there are an unprecedented number of lower court vacancies right now, and opportunities ...
  • Pacific Standard: Why Have We Become So Quick to Let Our Disabled Die? At the end of August, a 14-year-old girl intends to commit suicide. The media is full of the news, and it’s calling her brave and inspiring for being outspoken about her decision. Typically, suicidal ideation in teenagers is not celebrated: It’s viewed as a horrific problem that indicates the need for medical intervention. The difference ...
  • The Guardian: War on prescription drugs: what if you depend on opioids to live a decent life? The US is facing what many are describing as an opioid crisis, with growing numbers of deaths associated both with opioid medications and overdoses on heroin – 19,000 in 2014 linked to opioids alone. But in the swirl of debate over the subject, there’s one group of Americans we aren’t hearing from: chronic pain patients, ...
  • Yes! Magazine: Danish Girl’s Oscar Loss a Satisfying Win for Trans Women Hollywood has often said that it’s impossible to cast trans people in roles about their own community because scripts typically document transition, so people need to see what trans people look like “pre-hormones.” This is a dangerous reflection of social attitudes about trans people—not every trans woman opts to use hormones, and some use very ...
  • Vox: Voting is already hard for people with disabilities. Voter ID laws make it even harder In the 2012 edition of the Pew Charitable Foundation’s Elections Performance Index, researchers found that 7.2 percent of registered voters with disabilities didn’t have photo identification, compared with 4.5 percent of their non-disabled counterparts. In an electoral landscape with a growing demand for voter ID, this represents a serious problem. Read more at Vox
  • Rolling Stone: Why Conservatives Increasingly Care Where You Pee There’s a reason bathroom bills are exploding right now. It’s not just about trans visibility and a growing sense of transphobia in conservative communities as they’re forced to come to grips with the existence of the trans community. It’s also closely associated with the 2016 presidential election, in which Republicans want to maintain their stranglehold ...