s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof, with a special interest in rural subjects. International publication credits include work for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Dot, xoJane, The Guardian, Salon, and AlterNet, among many other news outlets and magazines. Assisted by cats Loki and Leila, smith lives in Northern California.

s.e.’s Latest Articles

How Do We Stay Focused In Today's Political Climate?

In the aftermath of November's election, a strange thing happened in America. Many liberals were disheartened and frustrated and furious on November 9, but on November 10, they got out of bed and got to work. They started political advocacy organizations like Indivisible. They attended local government meetings. They urged others to action. They pushed lawmakers to hold town halls. People who hadn't been politically active before were moved, taking to the streets and their representatives' offi…

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AHCA Changes Could Hurt Trans Coverage — And I'm Scared

On Thursday night, members of Congress meet to vote on the American Health Care Act, the Republicans' answer to the Affordable Care Act. Their version of health care reform would slash funding to vital services, cut key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and encourage a net transfer of resources to the wealthy. So obviously, as an American who needs health care, I am a little worried, especially since I sit at the intersection of several identities targeted by the GOP. While being transgend…

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Why You Shouldn't Panic About "Garbage Bills"

This week, a little something called H.R. 1313 propelled itself into the news, with a number of scaremongering headlines about how the bill would let bosses "demand" that employees get genetic testing and legalize forced genetic testing in the workplace. Sounds scary, right? And typical of the current Congress? Well, as it turns out, it's also not anything to get terribly worried about, because the claims being made about the bill are untrue, and it's all bark and no bite. Friends, we need to …

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Fight Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills In Your Town

This week, the Trump administration rescinded a 2016 guidance mandating that U.S. schools provide trans students with access to gender-appropriate restrooms, locker rooms, and other gendered facilities. Claiming that the Obama-era guidance failed to satisfactorily explain how Title IX extended coverage to trans students, the Justice and Education departments revoked it "in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved." This puts trans youth — who have been coming out i…

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Why Jeff Sessions Poses A Threat To Trans People

When the Senate voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, despite major outcry from many members of the public, protest from the Democrats, and grave concern from a number of civil rights groups, my heart sank. For a lot of reasons — like the fact that allegations of racism have been present throughout his career. Or his history of prosecuting civil rights activists, attempting to overturn the Voting Rights Act, opposing key hate crime legislation, and making negative comments about di…

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The Global Gag Rule Isn't Just About Abortion

It wasn't a surprise to me to see President Donald Trump reinstating the so-called "Global Gag Rule" while Vice-President Mike Pence benevolently looked on, but it was a sharp reminder that Republicans like punishing women by any means necessary. The executive order bars the use of federal funds for overseas organizations that provide or "promote" abortion — say, by referring clients to abortion providers or providing information about abortion access to people who ask for advice. Reinstating th…

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