Adapting to the Ordinary // For Better or Worse: The Reality of America’s Safety Net Programs for Married Couples with Disabilities

Adapting to the Ordinary // For Better or Worse: The Reality of America’s Safety Net Programs for Married Couples with Disabilities

The marriage penalty also affects non-disabled couples too. If you or a spouse become disabled while married, a couple must spend-down their assets in order to have the government provide basic needs indefinitely. Financial situations can be so dire, couples pursue divorce just to qualify, allowing the abled-bodied spouse to keep some of their assets. Divorce is a reality that no one should have to face because they got injured or sick.

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Our Autostraddle Campership Winner // Jessica Alvarez

Our Autostraddle Campership Winner // Jessica Alvarez

I was drunk on tequila the night I came out to my mother. It was a week after the election and more than two weeks since she told me she was voting for Donald Trump. I couldn’t fathom how my Hispanic immigrant mother could vote for such a vile man who spewed malicious lie after malicious lie about the Hispanic community, about her. “Because Hilary Clinton supports abortion and gay marriage,” she told me, her closeted daughter, parroting divisive conservative propaganda like scripture. I caved into myself, a coping mechanism whenever she went on her ‘homosexuality is a sin’ rants, wondering what she would say if she knew I was gay.

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The Personal is Political...and So is Consumerism

The Personal is Political...and So is Consumerism

It has been brought to the wedding community's attention recently that Kevin Swan, the founder of KISS Books, has been using his personal Twitter account to spread hateful, bigoted, Islamophobic, misogynist sentiments. You can find  (can be glitchy), but please be advised that it includes hateful, triggering content. We encourage anyone who has worked with or is considering working with KISS Books to compare his current, cleaned-up feed (post-controversy) with the cached version (available through http://cachedview.com/) and draw your own conclusions about what kind of people and businesses you choose to support with your spending power. We believe that the personal is political, and we inadvertently support the ideas that we financially back.

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