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  • 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 ...
  • Al Jazeera America: Hazard hotels: What’s lurking in your guest room? Hospital hotels are growing more popular as executives realize they provide a reliable market: People are always getting sick. Michael Hughes, an executive vice president at FelCor, which owns seven other hotels located near hospitals, in addition to the Boston Wyndham, noted in anOctober shareholder call that revenue per room at the company’s Wyndham Houston – Medical ...
  • In These Times: Silicon Valley’s Labor Uprising Employees of staffing companies are starting to revolt, however, ushering in what may be a new era of higher labor standards in the famous tech hub. These workers are organizing, voting for union membership and the power of collective bargaining, and publicly exposing their working conditions—namechecking the companies that contract their services—in the hopes of ...