There’s No “Transgender” Exception to Medically Necessary Care

Transgender Inmate

Melissa Goodman: While psychotherapy and/or hormone therapy is a sufficient treatment for many transgender people, there is overwhelming medical consensus that for some others with the most severe forms of gender dysphoria, gender-affirming surgery is the only available treatment that can address their pain and suffering.

Luckily Miami Beach Police Didn’t Call in an Air Strike

Miami Beach Police

Edward Wasserman: I don’t know on what planet it makes sense to prevent a reckless driver from hurting people by shooting him while he’s zipping along. Nor is it clear who’s being protected when police start blazing away after the car has stopped, possibly for good.

Gentrification – Racial Tension in the City

Gentrification

Scot Nakagawa: So you grow up in the burbs, attend better schools and enjoy other advantages as a result, and then decide that now that you’re a big wage earner, you’d rather live where the poor people are and push them to the places you’re abandoning because those neighborhoods make you “nauseated.”

#Cutthecheck Is Not A Movement!

Ferguson No Indictment

Jamala Rogers: The movement for social, political and economic justice is not for sale or trade. Gettin’ paid in dollars or recognition cannot be the motivating factors as to why people are in these democratic spaces.

Minimum Wage? How About a Maximum Wage?

Maximum Wage

Jack Rothman: The trickle down theory holds that when financial elites heap up profits, good stuff cascades down to poor folks at the bottom. What I’ve seen trickle down is meager jobs and hardly-livable housing. Mansions never seem to trickle down.

Justice Matters

Justice Matters

Rosemary Jenkins: My fear, in the meantime, is that by July 2020, $15 will be worth much less—leaving workers to be challenged by the same deflated buying power they are facing now.

Scouts and the LGBT Community

LGBT Boy Scouts

Carl Matthes: Between internal challenges and potential legal conflicts, the Boy Scouts of America finds itself in an unsustainable position.