A few bits I want to make sure everyone sees.
He points to the case of Amelia Rivera, a New Jersey girl with disabilities who was denied a kidney transplant last year, and to a survey he conducted in 2008 showing that more than four out of 10 pediatric transplant centers say they always or usually consider a child’s neurodevelopmental delays when making a transplant decision, even though studies have found children with these delays fare just as well medically after a transplant as other children.
And yes, people are lying now.
Now families and advocates say to avoid adverse public reaction, doctors are shrouding their transplant denials in medical excuses that some say are outright lies in order to avoid transplanting patients who will never be “normal.”
In Maverick’s specific case, there are studies proving many of the lies to be such, and his mom cited those studies, contacting folks who did said studies and checking to make sure she understands the results properly.
Luckily, they got a happy ending at another hospital, but this sort of discrimination is the norm for disabled people.
Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank. But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.
Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.
“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”
VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.
“There have been bullies in the school,” said Kent. “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”
“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.
So instead of Faith Christian Academy doing something about the bullies, they’re going to reprimand a 12-year-old because of her hair?
“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
it’s hard enough for black girls to feel beautiful without those in authority sending the message that their hair is unacceptable. this story is disgusting and unfortunately not the first or last case. it’s a damn shame that every part of a black girl’s body is politicized, at all ages
this is so stupid …
I’m so proud of her mother.
I signed the petition. I called the school and left a message. I am not playing. And yall shouldn’t either. Sign it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/faith-christian-academy-confront-guilty-students-for-bullying-not-fault-victims-for-wearing-their-hair-in-its-natural-state?share_id=IYDUMdeZVj&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
Reposting again for the cheap seats in the back. Let’s do something!
BOOST! take 5 seconds and sign this!
TOP TEXT: Seemingly sweet elderly lady whom has been perfectly amicable until now, pulls out her (black) debit card
BOTTOM TEXT: “I call this my [N word] card”
This lady…you’d think that butter wouldn’t melt. She was being utterly lovely to me the entire transaction and, after a string of grumpy customers, it had been pleasant to serve someone willing to treat me like an actual human being and chat to me a little while I packed her bags for her.
…Until it’s time for her to pay, and, along with her credit card, she whips out a racial slur, right in the middle of the shop. I was too shocked to respond properly, she uh. She just kind of wished me a good day and left, like, toodles?
Two of our staff members are PoC, I wonder if she’d have said such a thing if it had been them who served her. People are gross.
HOLY SHIT p sure my jaw would’ve dropped at that jfc @_@
A man in California (identified only as “S B M” in court coduments) sued a woman (“Sara McK”) for “kidnapping” his unborn child. He was not married to her — in fact, he had broken off their relationship after Ms. McK became pregnant, and married another woman before the child was born. Ms. McK, realizing she was going to be a single mother, decided to quit her dangerous job as a firefighter and make use of her GI benefits to go back to school. She chose Columbia University in New York because it had a particularly good record of helping veterans to succeed.
She was seven months pregnant when she moved from California to New York. When the baby boy was born, she invited the father to come to New York to see him. Mr. B M declined. Three days later, Ms. McK filed for sole custody of her son in New York. S B M countersued in California for paternity of “an unborn child” and custody of the child, claiming that by relocating while pregnant, Ms. McK had kidnapped his child.
What is truly terrifying is that in May of this year the New York Family Court issued an order agreeing with Mr. B M’s allegation that Ms. McK had, by changing her state of residence while pregnant, “absconded with a child”. In other words, according to a New York Family Court referee, a woman who becomes pregnant is effectively under the control of the father of the unborn child, even if he shows no interest in her or the child. She has no right to control her own right, because his “rights” to the child trump her rights to decide where to live and what to do for a living. He can retroactively accuse her of a crime if he doesn’t like her choices.
Fortunately, Ms. McK appealed this ruling, and a number of organizations including New York ACLU, NOW, Planned Parenthood New York and especially the National Advocates for Pregnant Women filed an amicus brief on Ms. McK’s behalf. Last Thursday the appelate court reversed the Family Court’s decision. Ms. McK will be allowed to stay in New York with her son.
Last week’s decision is significant for a number of reasons. To begin with, it reaffirmed that, as a general rule, courts cannot hear custody matters that are filed prior to birth, since a developing fetus should not be considered a child for custody determinations. More specifically, in this case, the court went further to underscore that the mother’s relocation should not have been relevant to New York‘s jurisdiction over the custody dispute in the first place. To make that move relevant, the court reasoned, men claiming to be fathers could limit the movement of pregnant women, and “[p]utative fathers have neither the right nor the ability to restrict a pregnant woman from her constitutionally-protected liberty.” Finally, the decision is a strong affirmation that a person does not give up their rights once they become pregnant, and that reproductive autonomy extends well beyond the initial decision to terminate or continue a pregnancy.
This case illustrates the dangerous extent of erosion of the rights of pregnant women. Yes, New York has made the correct decision. But they made the wrong decision first. And New York is one of the more liberal jurisdictions in this country. If Ms. McK had chosen a school in the South, for example, might Mr. B M’s arguments have prevailed at the appelate level?
this is literally my worst nightmare. This is why I’m terrified to become a parent. This is why, despite others telling my not to work so a damn hard, I tried and tried and tried for the whole past year to repair my relationship with my partner’s mother and stepfather. They finally disowned us only about ten days ago, and I’m SCARED. I was attributing it to my anxiety disorder, but now that I read this article, I know that my fear is valid. This is happening right now - and it could happen to any of my beautiful trans siblings.
See, this is why marriage equality isn’t the most important issue. This is why we’ve been shouting and stomping our feet and never. shutting. up. It’s because children are being stripped of their parents for no other reason than THEIR PARENTS ARE HATEFUL BIGOTS.
Daniel and Cindy are young parents whose world has been turned upside down because Daniel is transgender. He transitioned over a decade ago when he was 19, and few people know that he is transgender. When Daniel and Cindy decided to have children, they told Cindy’s parents that Daniel is transgender because they were conceiving in vitro with donated sperm.
And, I suppose, they must also have trusted that her parents would continue to accept their son-in-law.
This was a mistake.
Cindy gave birth to healthy twins 2 ½ years ago, and Daniel and Cindy and the twins have been very happy – except for one problem.
Cindy’s parents make rude comments about Daniel being transgender, and they do it in front of the twins.
Requests for them to stop are met with mirth.
Daniel and Cindy put up with this behavior for a long while, but as the twins are getting older, they worry that the negative comments are harmful, and they don’t want to be forced to try and explain concepts to their young children that are beyond their ability or need to understand – in vitro, transgender.
Daniel and Cindy made the difficult decision that the grandparents are no longer welcome in their lives.
The grandparents got angry and sued for custody of the children.
The twins have two loving parents.
Child Protective Services have never been called; there have been no police reports of abuse; neither parent has a criminal record.
Last week, a court removed the twins from their home and gave custody to the grandparents.
Their father is transgender.
Daniel and Cindy are working with a lawyer to try and get their children back.
Will they get them back? Who knows? What we do know that the children have pulled out of their home and are living with two people who demean and ridicule their father.Names have been changed, as the story hasn’t hit the news yet - offering the family privacy until they choose to take it public. more at the link above.
Hey, all you folks, you 29,330+ who have reblogged our transawareness post - this is important.
This is why organizations like GLAAD and FCKH8 and HRC are so damaging. Because when they mock, misgender, ignore, insult, and silence us, this is the result. A loving, happy family that’s been ripped apart.
You want to do more than just reblog awareness posts? Stop supporting those businesses (YES, FCKH8 IS A BUSINESS) and organizations that try to shut us out and shut us down.
a good friend sent me this screenshot from his facebook feed today and wow
can we just talk about male assault for a second
and how shit like this is why men are less likely to report being raped because society tells them that they “got lucky” or whatever the fuck bullshit that is
and how there’s people like this who think that’s just the funniest shit they’ve ever heard
not to mention that “joke,” meaning that if you don’t enjoy being raped by the opposite gender then well you MUST be gay
hilarious. sexual assault is so fucking hilarious. wow, you’re all comedy geniuses; your parents must be so damn proud.
because absolutely none of this is funny.
I’m literally ill
Or a playstation or a flat screen TV or a newer car, etc and etc. I know people that work under the table for half their pay and get paid on the books for the rest and collect welfare. I know of drug dealers that collect for tax purposes even though they pull in thousands of untaxed money each month dealing. Tell me how I am not supposed to be upset with these people like I am with greedy corporate cronies? I’m not heartless. These people are selfish and unethical.
Except not everyone who has nice things is automatically cheating the system. People are given things as gifts. People buy things and THEN qualify for assistance. People save up for nice things.
You can’t assume what someone’s situation is just by what they own.
We were eating only donated Panera bread, rice, and turnips. My father was sneaking to the various blood banks in town to sell his plasma at twice the rate they allow. My mother was dying due to not having her medicine, which cost well over $1,200 a month after insurance.
My autistic baby brother wanted to do something nice for me.
He worked for months making custom art pieces to sell. He worked up courage despite crippling social anxiety and speech problems to ask the neighbors if he could do chores for them to earn more money - raking the yard, helping clean their house, walking their dogs.
For nine months he carefully hoarded his money in a jar in his bedroom. He counted it every single night and compared it to the cost of what he wanted to get for me for Christmas.
Finally he had enough. He bought me a DS Lite and a pokemon game.
He was so happy.
Until one of our neighbors, a highly conservative jackass, saw me with it outside a couple weeks later. My brother was with me.
The neighbor stormed up and became screaming at us, a pair of teenagers, over how we could be so selfish to spend money on “electronic shit” when we were a family on food stamps. Spittle flying from his lips, cuss words every other second, rage radiating off of him so violently that our father came running out of the house - at a limp, since his spine is broken, which causes him horrific daily pain beyond what I can imagine - to protect us.
My brother was never the same again. There is no happy ending here. That episode in his life changed him permanently and for the past seven years he has almost never left his room and never gone to a friend’s house. He is terrified of the neighbors and believes he is a bad person.
Because of fucking people like you OP.
Because of fuckers who believe that they know what life is like for everyone and have a right to judge.
So fuck you OP. If you know drug dealers, report them, go on and put your ass on the line then. But for fuck’s sake don’t you dare thing you understand what goes on in the life of the people who live in never-ending, grinding poverty. Because you have *no fucking clue* what goes on in the detailed lives of others.
You want to talk selfish? Look in the fucking mirror.
Wow, that’s probably the most heartbreaking story I’ve seen on this site for quite a while.
Probably because I know my little brother would do the same kind of thing for me in that situation. I remember when I was unemployed and choosing between rent and food and spending all day walking through the city handing resumes to every place with a help wanted sign in the window and passed out and cracked my head open at one point but didn’t have the money to do anything about it, my little brother got me a PS3 and Dragon Age for Christmas that year because he wanted me to have a thing in my life to make me happy. Sometimes the monetary value of a nice thing is worth so much less than what it means to a person to have some venue of escapism or distraction from a shitty situation every now and then. And when someone tries so hard to give that to someone only to get punished without understanding why? That’s straight up one of the most awful things you can do to a well-meaning person.
Man that story just makes me want to like… mail a drawing to a complete stranger’s little brother to tell them they’re a good person, it’s going to rattle around my head for days.
A Public Policy Polling robocall telephone poll reported last week that 43% of those surveyed thought that high school students should be allowed to wear Confederate flags while at school, whereas only 28% thought it was appropriate for students to wear the rainbow gay pride flag in school.
Only 9% of Americans thought it was more appropriate to wear the rainbow gay pride flag to school than the Confederate flag.
38% of those polled thought it was more appropriate to wear the Confederate flag to school than the gay rainbow pride flag.
That’s fucking cruel
Not tipping: you’re a jagoff. Not tipping and leaving a sanctimonious, smarmy little ‘I don’t tip’ or even better ‘you don’t need a tip’ note: you’re a colossal fucking asshole. Making the note look like an actual tip as well: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU YOU HUMAN SACK OF TRASH
this is beyond vile i’m kind of glad it’s on my dash so i can be reminded at how mad i am at the fact that these exist
There’s a special place in hell for people who do this shit
>hoping to enjoy fic that promises Yuki/Touya/Yue
>slammed with misgendered!Nakuru
b-but…..police are here to protect, not all are like this ! *yeah ok*
Wait - what?
Not even gonna read it cause i’ll just get angry
He is aware he just confirmed that he believes in forcing women to bear children against their will, right?
Correct. They’re not even bothering to hide behind the fetal rights agenda anymore.
Everyone should see this kind of thing.
Um…….? Nawl. *walks away*
somebody remove this dudes power. immediately
When politicians accidentally tell the truth.
Another reason I’m glad I don’t live in the US.
This is freaking TERRIFYING.
what the FRICKITYFRACKFRACKFRUCKTRUCK
"boobs were made for men not for feeding babies!!!!!!!!!! stop using boobs for anything other than pleasing us!!!"
I AM SO ANGRY!!!
I AM SO CONFUSED BY THIS LIKE LITERALLY ALL BREASTS ARE MEANT FOR IS FEEDING INFANTS
THEY ARE NOT SEXUAL APPENDAGES OR ANYTHING ALL THE DO IS PRODUCE MILK OH MY GOD
Why would breasts even produce milk if it wasn’t for feeding babies…?
Let me just tell you something about this final scene. I sat through this whole movie thoroughly enjoying every last little bit of it. I even made a running motion when the first two gifs happened. When the movie finished my boyfriend was very very quiet and he looked a little sad. I was very confused because it was a fantastic movie. He turned to me and asked “is that suppose to represent how our education system doesn’t make enough accommodations for [mentally] slower students?" Monster’s University was a little deeper than I thought
no this is literally just a slug monster being late for the entire school year because its is a slug monster
thats it thats the joke its a slug and its fucking slow as shit that is all
did u kno
things can have different meanings
to different people
shut the fuck up and let people have their interpretations OH MY GOD
The biggest shock of Paris’s spring-summer 2014 fashion shows came on the otherwise calm and gentle Nina Ricci catwalk, when two topless activists from protest group Femen crashed the podium.
Grabbing a startled model making her way down the catwalk, they screamed “fashion fascism,” with words decrying the sexualization of the modeling industry written in make-up. One had “Fashion dictaterror” scrawled on her naked torso, the other “Model don’t go to brothel.”
One British model, Liverpool-born Hollie-May Saker, was caught in the middle, with the protesters brushing against her lamé-and-lace skirt.
“The next thing I just see half-naked women with black marker pen scrawled across their bare chests and that’s when she came at me….As she grabbed my arm she lifted my skirt exposing me – I pulled my arm back with such force that I landed a punch square on her nose,” Saker told the Echo. (Photo: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
So, to fight back against the sexualization of the modeling industry, these women assaulted a model and forcibly exposed her?
Protip: You’re not fighting a patriarchal system by assaulting women and exposing them against their will.
I have literally never heard of a positive thing done by Femen. Seriously. They need to stop. First the blatant Islamophobia, and now this? Really?
If your idea of feminism includes racist bullshit and attacking women who don’t conform to your exact image of a feminist, guess what? You’re a complete asshole and you’re misrepresenting feminism as a whole.
I *hate* Femen. Literally they are the reason feminism is viewed in a bad light. They’re the West Borough Baptist of feminism and I can’t stand it.
Completely agree. Ugh.