Apparently I’m going to spend every morning from now on introducing you to the newest member of the Cabinet From Hell. Sorry.
Tom Price was confirmed early this morning as Secretary of Health and Human Services. That means he’ll be the one in charge of one of Trump’s top political priorities: dismantling the Affordable Care Act. Oh, and he’s also vehemently anti-LGBT, but I’m sure you could have guessed that. Highlights:
He co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality
He voted against a bill to ban hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
He voted against a bill to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination
He called Obama’s guidelines supporting transgender students using gender-affirming bathrooms “absurd”
He supported the re-hiring of an Atlanta fire chief who lost his job after “employees received copies of his self-published book, which equated homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality”
He appeared on a conference call with a rabbi who claims Hurricane Sandy was “divine punishment” for marriage equality and seemed to empathize with (or at least entertain) that position
He opposed LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying legislation
He has said that LGBT rights are harmful to the medical and economic world
He’s also anti-choice, because of course he is. And let’s not forget that by nature of opposing the Affordable Care Act, he’s also working to overturn the part of the law that protects LGBT people from discrimination in healthcare. Those protections include trans people no longer being legally turned away from insurance coverage for the “pre-existing condition” of being trans.
Whatever the Republicans “replace” the ACA with – if they do – could bring back the LGBT nondiscrimination protections, but the way this administration is going, it doesn’t look likely. I wish the news was better, y’all. I really do.
I just want to know why “shoot to kill” is always the first option when it comes to us???
Pepper spray….tasers…..bean bag bullets…..so many options available to the police, but it is always lethal option as a first choice, especially if you happen to be brown or black.
The kid who killed nine people in SC was apprehended safely…even took him to Burger King. The bath salt psycho who was caught by police in the middle of EATING SOMEONE’S FACE…he was apprehended safely! Why do we always have to die?
In 2016, a public school in Gardendale, Alabama stamped the words “I Need Lunch Money” on a child’s arm because of an unpaid bill – adding a smiley face, because the words alone didn’t convey the “Fuck you” well enough. It’s only a matter of time before the school starts weighing the cost-effectiveness of making these children wear shirts saying “I am a poor, hate me” as a uniform.
Gardendale is far from the only school district to turn lunch into a Philip K. Dickian nightmare, however. Plenty of states, like Pennsylvania and Utah, will take hot food from children unable to pay and throw it in the trash. They could feed another child with it, but it was served to a commie freeloader, so that food has lost all of its capitalist nutrients. Other children get threatened with “The Sandwich,” which sounds like a humiliating frat initiation but is in fact two pieces of cold bread with maybe something cheap in between, easily marking out these hungry unfortunates for efficient bullying. Administrators do assure that The Sandwich meets the minimum federal requirements – because when it comes to human decency, some schools gladly settle for being D students.
The Department of Agriculture is trying to get states to cut these practices out, on the basis of America still pretending it isn’t a dystopia, but they’re ultimately leaving the burden up to the states. So far, only New Mexico has tried to ban lunch money shaming entirely, reducing the amount of school-based shaming statewide by a full 6 percent. For everyone else, though, we can do nothing but hope that The Sandwich doesn’t eventually devolve into The Bowl of Gruel, which students have to work off in the textile mill after class.
Let’s be crystal clear: The Senate Republican healthcare repeal bill is a savage, immoral attack on women and the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of Americans. Take action by calling your Senator: 1-866-665-4470
I’m working with Mental Health America this month to ilustrate #mentalillnessfeelslike submissions for Mental Health Awareness Month. You can submit your own by messaging me (I’ve temporarily turned on anonymous messages) or use the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike on twitter.
- Take a moment to read about the history of Native Americans, their beautiful and varied pre-colonisation societies, and their gradual extermination by white planters, frontiersmen and the US military.
- Consider putting those fireworks away for the evening, as many veterans who have returned home from far-away battlefields with PTSD report Independence Day celebrations can act as a trigger.
- Do something worthwhile to turn America into the place you want it to be: talk to your neighbours about how to solve a problem in your hood, join a workplace union, donate to Planned Parenthood.