Transphobic public accommodations bills targeting the trans community are often reduced to bathrooms, but people are ignoring the fact that they also cover changing rooms and other gender-segregated spaces.
In all the attention over bathroom bills, I fear that other aspects of the trans experience, and trans oppression, will not be addressed.
Though diversity training is often heralded as the magical solution to heterogeneity in workplaces and beyond, it’s actually not very effective. Not only that — it can actually be contraindicated, making bias worse.
Every other week, I’m reading a story about a trans employee who was fired, usually after transitioning at work. Almost all of these cases involve trans women, and many involve trans women of colour. Workplaces across the US routinely dismiss transgender employees on the grounds that they’re transgender, and therefore no longer competent at the […]
100 million adults in the United States have chronic pain conditions. Women are overrepresented in their number. Women of colour, even more so. There’s a tangled thread of circumstances that creates these imbalances, and it loops around to another problem: Intersectional oppression in the treatment of chronic pain, both medically and socially. Deep-seated social attitudes about […]
For those disabled people capable of working full or part time, there are a lot of reasons to want to work. One, of course, is the simplistic — to survive. People who are able to work may not get benefits, and even if they are eligible for benefits, the amounts on offer are so pitiful […]
Many of us have distorted images of ourselves. Even if we look at the mirror, full-on or in passing, we still don’t necessarily connect with our own bodies, or create a sense of bodily awareness, a knowledge of who we are that’s rooted in actuality. For years, as my body has shifted, I’ve struggled with […]
Here in the West, it’s not uncommon to encounter stories about the use of sex-selective abortion (this is a loaded term given issues of sex and gender, which I freely acknowledge — for the purposes of this piece, however, I am using the term in the legal sense, and, as we know, the law has […]
Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, a surprisingly common condition where people stop breathing due to collapse of their airways when they go into deep sleep and lose muscle tone. Many people have sleep apnea and don’t know it, which is a serious issue, because untreated apnea can cause serious cardiovascular […]
In my regular correspondence, I’m in contact with people all over the world, and due to the fact that I cover disability issues frequently and am active in the disability community, many of my correspondents are disabled. Some of them I know in the sense that I’ve met them in physical spaces; I know their […]