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S. E. Smith


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Past articles by s.e.:

Why It's a Mistake to Call Those Anti-LGBTQ Laws 'Don't Say Gay'

“Don’t Say Gay” may be an easy shorthand for the anti-LGBTQ laws being passed across the country, but it erases trans youth, who are particularly vulnerable. → Read More

To Fix for America's Broken Health Care System, We Must Rethink Who Counts as an Expert

Millions of Americans interact with the health care system every year. But discussions about health care reform often leave out some of these voices. → Read More


He needed a gender-affirming procedure. The hospital said no.

As rural hospitals shutter, and faith-based care grows, "religious refusals" are leaving some patients without options. → Read More


Not one 2020 candidate has a website that is accessible to the blind

The first stop to reaching disabled voters is making sure they can access your policy proposals. → Read More


Meet the people fighting for health care access for disabled kids detained at the border

Disabled kids in custody have the right to disability protections. → Read More

Trump Administration Targets Trans Health Care Protections

A new Department of Health and Human Services rule will roll back discrimination protections for transgender people. → Read More


Disabled people are tired of being a talking point in the abortion debate

Selective abortion bans are not actually designed to protect disabled people. → Read More

McDonald’s Workers Come Out Swinging Against Sexual Harassment

McDonald's workers are taking on their employer with sexual harassment complaints, backed by the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. → Read More

ICE Arrests at New York Courts Have Increased 1,700 Percent

The problem is so bad that the New York state government issued a policy designed to check the agency. → Read More


Disabled people don’t need so many fancy new gadgets. We just need more ramps.

Technology isn’t always the answer. → Read More

Right-to-Counsel Programs Prevent Evictions

The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition says about 50 percent of evictions would be preventable with an attorney. → Read More

Federal Judge Halts Drilling on Public Lands Over Climate Concerns

Although the move is temporary, the decision will help environmental advocates as they prepare suits elsewhere. → Read More


Betsy DeVos’s threats to the Special Olympics are cruel. But disabled people have bigger problems.

Here’s what we’re most concerned about in the new budget proposal. → Read More

Federal Judge Halts Drilling on Public Lands Over Climate Concerns

A federal judge just cited concerns about climate change when ruling to block oil and gas leases in Wyoming. → Read More

Why the College Admissions Scandal Threatens the Disability Community

Many are worried the college admissions scandal may be used to crack down on legally-mandated disability accommodations. → Read More

Women Are Not the Only Ones Who Get Abortions

The crusade against abortion in the United States is absolutely designed to target cis women. But people across the gender spectrum need abortion care. → Read More

New Mexico Governor Orders National Guard Away From Border

Turning the border into a war zone will not improve safety and security. → Read More

Changes to HIPAA Could Seriously Threaten Patient Privacy

Your doctor might be required to share information about you. → Read More


Websites need to be more accessible for people with disabilities

A recent wave of lawsuits — some of them controversial — is bringing the issue to the fore. → Read More

New Bill Would Phase Out Subminimum Wage for Workers With Disabilities

Everyone deserves equal pay for equal work. → Read More