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Digest for January 5th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 5th from 13:07 to 13:25:

  • Homophobic, transphobic parents make abusive homes. Let’s help LGBT kids get out | Jessica Valenti – We know that conversion therapy is harmful and that there are few good options for children removed from their parents. We need better options
  • Privilege of ‘Arrest Without Incident’ – When a white, female shooter is calmly taken into custody, it’s hard not to believe there is a racial double standard.
  • The Brutes in Blue: From Ferguson to Freedom – Ferguson is not a wake-up call to black America, which has been well aware of the injustices and oppression their communities have faced daily, yearly, and over the course of decades and centuries. Ferguson is a wake-up call for white America, to look and learn from the lived experiences of black America, and to join with their brothers and sisters in active struggle against the system which has made Ferguson the status quo.
  • Just How Many Bad Cops are There and What’s Their Impact? – Can you think of ANY profession, where lives hang in the balance, that you would be comfortable with if there were only 90,000 in the US that are bad and wanted to use their positions to do you and your family harm? Of course not. Not when your families lives are directly impacted by whether or not they are good or bad.
  • Are Evangelical Christian Parents Killing Their LGBT Kids? – Last week another transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn, took her life because, she said, her parents rejected her. LGBT activist, Dan Savage, has called for charges to be brought against Leelah’s parents and even suggested that Leelah’s siblings be removed from the home. Are her parents really at fault? What about other LGBT kids in Christian homes? Are they also at risk because their parents are Christians? Is it that simple?
  • Changing Masculinity: It’s Time to Pivot – Whichever your point of view, the way masculinity is handled in society needs to change.
  • How Driver’s License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor – Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines have a hard time finding or keeping a job.

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