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Media Coverage of Kamala Harris Still Shockingly Sexist and Racist; Increased Challenges for Transgender Individuals at the Polls; and More

Media coverage of Kamala Harris still shockingly sexist and racist.

Talk of her winning debate performance is making all the headlines now, but when Kamala Harris was first announced as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, a stunning 25% of the coverage of her historic candidacy included either sexist or racist stereotyping, a new report from Time’s Up Now reveals. Whether it was talk of her “ambitiousness” or being “uncooperative” or just strange coverage of her choice of footwear, the report demonstrates the continuing racist and sexist stereotyping that exists in media today, especially for women of color. “It demonstrates with numbers how normal we think it is for white men to run for these offices and how unusual or subject to criticism we think it is for a woman of color to run for those offices,” Tina Tchen, president and CEO of Time’s Up Now tells USA Today.

 

Transgender and nonbinary individuals face increasing challenges at the polls.

As if voting in 2020 wasn’t already going to be tough enough, a new study conducted by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law reveals that nearly 378,000 trans individuals across the U.S. lack a legal ID or driver’s license reflecting their affirmed name or gender identity. Without proper identification, many of these legally registered voters risk being turned away when they show up for in-person voting on Election Day, the group warns. It also builds harassment into the voting process, Eliana Turan, director of development for the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland tells the city’s public radio station, WKSU. Facing a ream of questions about discrepancies over your name and identity can make a polling place a hostile place, she says. “”Unfortunately that happens to trans people all the time, just having to live our lives.”

 

Scottsdale, AZ and Bridgeport, CT ranked best and worst cities for people with disabilities.

WalletHub has revealed its list of the best and worst cities for people with disabilities — important information for the one in four U.S. adults (61 million individuals total) who have a disability of some type. To compile the list, the site asked a group of college professors who were experts in their fields to look at data from the 180 most populated cities in the country and compare them over 34 “key indicators” of disability friendliness, ranging from physicians per capita to rate of workers with disabilities to park accessibility. The winning city? Scottsdale, AZ, followed by St. Louis, MO; South Burlington, VT; Huntington Beach, CA and Bismark, ND — the top 5 cities on the list. And the least friendly city for people with disabilities, according to the report: Bridgeport, CT.

 

Are you registered to vote? Vote.org provides a number of resources for voters including a state-by-state rundown of important dates and regulations to know, plus information on registering to vote, how to successfully vote by mail and more. For more info, go to vote.org.

 

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