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Meet your homophobic, transphobic new health secretary, Tom Price
"Price’s hateful record on LGBTQ issues shows that he lacks an understanding of basic human rights and dignity," GLAAD's president said.

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.

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Last week, after Representative Jason Chaffetz got into hot water for saying that poor people need to choose health care instead of iPhones, Dan Hopper posted the following screenshots on Twitter, saying, “Forget iPhones, this is the level of animosity Fox News has towards poor people”.

That comes from a 2011 episode of The O'Reilly Factor, in which they start out making the point that the living conditions of the poor in the U.S. has gotten better in the last however many years … But it quickly devolves into “Can you believe these fucking people? Calling themselves ‘poor’ like that, when they own these things?”

I was outraged. I couldn’t believe that I lived in a country where the impoverished could shamelessly flaunt those luxuries right in my face while I heroically sacrificed my tax dollars to support their laziness. I had to see this for myself, so I got in my car and drove an hour to my mother’s house to see if Fox News’ claims were real.

I Investigated Fox News’ Poverty Claims (On My Mom)

“WHEN THE SHADOW IS IN FRONT OF YOU, ALL YOU SEE IS DARKNESS AND YOU FORGET THE SUN IS AT YOUR BACK.” 

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