Accepting Unhealthily Disabled People

Two summers ago i applied for the program YP4 or Young People For. Its a youth program of the Center for American Progress which many of my young progressive friends have done. I got into the program as I knew I would, but when it came time to go to the summit it was the…

Disabled Travel: Israel

This past 10 days I went to Israel, Eretz Yisrael, on a Birthright trip. It was a very unusual trip because it was not originally designed to be accessible. Basically, Taglit-Birthright, the organization that sponsors these free trips does offer an accessible trip. However, according to multiple representatives I spoke to told me that these…

International Day of People with Disability: Violence

Yesterday was a solemn day in the disability community. A center that provides services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities was victim to a mass shooting. Disabled people are much more likely than the general population to be victims of violence and domestic violence. Though we don’t know the motive for this horrific event,…

TDOR: The Search for Hope

Tomorrow is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day where we come together to remember those who have been taken from us this year in the trans community. Sadly this year those numbers, especially amongst trans women of color, are extremely high. ¬†Over 25 trans people have been killed this year in the US alone, and…

HERO and Southern LGBTQ Youth

I was born in Memphis, TN, the son of more than three generations of Memphians who were deeply entrenched in southern culture and society, despite their Jewish identity. As a transgender queer person, this southern attitude made it difficult for me to come out and to be proud of who I am. One week ago,…

Disability History Month: Oct 2015

As we near the end of October, full of halloween treats and fall leaves, I wanted to take a second to talk about Disability History Month. Some history we all know. Like that the ADA was passed 25 years ago in 1990 by George HW Bush. We know about the capital crawl and the 504…