Posts Tagged Disability Rights

Help Colorlines celebrate love

Colorlines Editor Kai Wright told readers earlier this month that he wants to celebrate love more at Colorlines. I’m not entirely sure, but I believe it’s in response to the recent barrage of youth suicides.

Either way, I think it’s a fabulous idea. In Kai’s words:

There may be a long road ahead to justice, but surely it begins with everyone doing their best to love themselves and one another.

You can support this effort by sending in ideas for posts celebrating love. Instructions here.

In the latest celebrating love post, Colorlines highlighted the incredible journey of Mia Mingus and Stacey Millburn, two queer disabled diasporic Korean women of color who are moving from their respective Southern ...

Colorlines Editor Kai Wright told readers earlier this month that he wants to celebrate love more at Colorlines. I’m not entirely sure, but I believe it’s in response to the recent barrage of youth ...

Nebraska to pass extreme, first-of-its-kind anti-choice bill

Actually, make that two. Nebraska Republican Governor Dave Heineman said that he plans to sign legislation today which would require doctors to screen women for mental and physical problems that could pose as a “risk” after getting an abortion. In short, abortion providers in Nebraska are completely fucked. The other bill to be passed later this week would be the first to ban a mental health exception for late term abortions.
And that’s just the beginning of these clusterfuck bills of contradictions. If bill LB594 is passed, doctors would not only be forced to inform women seeking abortion of the mental and physical risks within 24 hours of the procedure, but also are required to make an assessment ...

Actually, make that two. Nebraska Republican Governor Dave Heineman said that he plans to sign legislation today which would require doctors to screen women for mental and physical problems that could pose as a “risk” after ...

Review: Prodigal Sons

Transcript after the jump
Last week I went to see the new documentary, Prodigal Sons, by Kimberly Reed.
All I had read was the IMDB description of the film. I had honestly expected that it would be primarily about Kimberly’s experiences as a trans woman. What I found was instead a complicated story about family, disability, mental illness, adoption and violence.
One of the things I liked best was that even though the narrator and director of the film is a trans woman, her gender identity was not the central theme. It was simply one theme among many. In some ways it was a relief to see that this piece of her life did not have to always be ...

Transcript after the jump
Last week I went to see the new documentary, Prodigal Sons, by Kimberly Reed.
All I had read was the IMDB description of the film. I had honestly expected that it would ...

Temple Grandin calls for “real change in the real world”

Most of you have probably heard of Temple Grandin, noted autistic professor, writer, and inventor. Her work centers around psychological diversity and has so many implications. After all, if we’re asking people to accept that there is no “normal” way of demonstrating gender identity or sexuality, then shouldn’t we get hip to the idea that different ways of thinking and interacting with our world should also be seen as necessary diversity? This is her recent TED talk on “thinking in pictures”:

I haven’t seen the new movie starring Claire Danes, but I’ve actually heard fairly good things. Anyone have a chance to check it out? What did you think?
There’s an interactive transcript here.

Most of you have probably heard of Temple Grandin, noted autistic professor, writer, and inventor. Her work centers around psychological diversity and has so many implications. After all, if we’re asking people to accept that there ...

Guest Post: Feminism, Disability, and John Currin

Jennifer Bartlett contributes her second guest post, an interview with artist Sunuara Taylor. Note: All the art works included are by Sunny. Without further adieu:
JB: I’ve been exploring the idea of disability as a strength rather than the societal perception of the disabled body as ‘weak.’ My idea derives from the concept that people with disabilities accomplish many of the same things that nondisabled people do with a so-called “compromised” body. I wonder what you think of this?
ST: Well firstly I’d like to touch on the word disabled. I like the definitions of the words disability and impairment that exist within the Social Model of Disability. Under this model, the word disabled is used to describe the disabling ...
Jennifer Bartlett contributes her second guest post, an interview with artist Sunuara Taylor. Note: All the art works included are by Sunny. Without further adieu:
JB: I’ve been exploring the idea of disability as a strength rather ...

VA legislator Bob Marshall says children with disabilities are God’s punishment for abortion

Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall said Thursday at a press conference opposing funding for Planned Parenthood that children with disabilities are a punishment from God for women who have previously had abortions:

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.
“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

What a disgusting statement in so many ways, from the cruel ableism of saying children with disabilities are a punishment at all to the

Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall said Thursday at a press conference opposing funding for Planned Parenthood that children with disabilities are a punishment from God for women who have previously had abortions:

“The number of children who ...

Leslie Feinberg: telling stories through photos


I recently came across this flickr page, from Leslie Feinberg (pictured above).
Leslie is best known for Stone Butch Blues, a novel about queer folks in the 1950s and the struggles they faced, including constant violence and police brutality.
Leslie’s body of work includes Transgender Warriors and Trans Liberation, two non-fiction books, and Drag King Dreams, a second novel.
Leslie, now dealing with a degenerative disease and also prompted by hir move from hir home of 17 years in Jersey City due to these health issues, has taken to documenting the world and telling stories through photographs. More about the photos:

I lost the ability to visualize as a child, after being physically forced ...


I recently came across this flickr page, from Leslie Feinberg (pictured above).
Leslie is best known for Stone Butch Blues, a novel about queer folks in the 1950s and the struggles they faced, including ...

Thank You Thursdays: Judi Chamberlin

Judi Chamberlin is the kind of civil rights leader you’ve probably never heard of. She passed away last week, so it’s beyond time that we honored her legacy of fighting for the rights of those with mental health issues to be treated with dignity and respect.
Her story began in the 60s when she was just 22, and involuntarily hospitalized for depression after a miscarriage. According to the NYT:

There was a lack of activity, of fresh air. There were seclusion rooms and wards for noncompliant patients, even those who were in no way violent. The drugs, which she said made her lethargic and affected her memory, seemed more intended to control than cure. And she could not sign herself ...

Judi Chamberlin is the kind of civil rights leader you’ve probably never heard of. She passed away last week, so it’s beyond time that we honored her legacy of fighting for the rights of those with mental ...

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