“If conservatives weren’t so fanatically loyal to everyone they perceive to be a member of their tribe they’d grasp what’s afoot. The man they’re always defending isn’t a happy warrior for the cause. He’s a ratings hound willing to engage in over-the-top misogyny. How to measure his character? This is a grown man whose jokes land at the expense of women whose ankle size he mocks. If you were a mother and he were your son you’d be embarrassed by his uncouthness. If society operated according to the traditional norms he theoretically espouses, he’d get slapped. Yet he’s considered a conservative champion. If you think conservatism is inescapably sexist perhaps he’s a perfect fit for the role. Others think conservatism is a more noble intellectual tradition. And they should shun Limbaugh.”—Limbaugh’s Politics Are Conservative, but His Real Schtick Is Just Bullying (via azspot)
“Who’s doing more harm? The guy who’s smoking pot or the person who locks him in a fucking cage and destroys his life? THAT guy is a destructive force. THE LAW becomes a destructive force in society, not the DRUG. Don’t put people in cages because they don’t agree with you. Because they like something. They like it so much they’re willing to risk FREEDOM. Because they found themselves in some sort of a situation where they’re in an environment that they have no control over whatsoever. They didn’t ask to be dropped into this preposterous, illogical, nonsensical, ridiculously lop-sided and corrupt society, and you just expect them to comply with these stupid fucking things written on paper that everyone knows makes no sense. THAT’S the problem. THE LAWS are destructive. THE LAWS are anti-evolutionary. THE LAWS are anti-enlightenment. It’s not pot, it’s not mushrooms, it’s the laws AGAINST pot and mushrooms. THOSE are a devastating aspect to our society.”—Joe Rogan (via 4-20)
The fact is that transgender people—in particular, transgender people of color—have simply not experienced the same strides forward as their lesbian, gay and bisexual brothers and sisters. A landmark new report, ‘Injustice at Every Turn,’ presents undeniable proof. This report, released on Friday, is based on a comprehensive survey of over 6,000 transgender people and the findings are too shocking to ignore, especially when it comes to African-American transgender people.
Our transgender brothers and sisters are far more likely to lack proper medical care, to be unemployed, to live in extreme poverty, and to be HIV-positive—and that’s when compared to their white transgender counterparts, not just the general population. The survey’s respondents were four times more likely than the general population to live in extreme poverty. One in five reported having been refused a home or apartment, another one in five report having been refused health care. More than one in five, 22 percent, reported having been harassed by law enforcement, and nearly half reported fear of seeking assistance from police. African American respondents reported all of this in even higher numbers.