When I married my wife Linda 33 years ago, I never imagined we would have to separate so she could access the life-saving medication and care she needs to stay healthy. Linda was born with epilepsy, and without constant medical care, her condition would quickly become deadly. For many years she qualified for TennCare, Tennesee’s Medicaid program — so imagine our shock when the Social Security office called us in and told us that my modest retirement fund pushed our income over the acceptable income limits, and Linda no longer qualified!

There was only one solution that would keep Linda alive: six months ago, we had to separate and establish different addresses so she could stay covered. Since January, she’s been living with her ailing mother and even spent time in a homeless shelter, while we look for subsidized housing cheap enough for her to afford with her $720 a month disability check. The wait for government housing could be as long as five years and could require her to move 25 miles away — if we don’t find something soon, I may end up living out of my car while she stays in our old home. 

Because Governor Bill Haslam refused to accept Affordable Care Act funds to expand TennCare, we fall into what’s called the “coverage gap” — we don’t earn enough to take advantage of federal insurance subsidies, and we earn too much to qualify for TennCare, even though we live at the poverty level. We’re just two people out of more than 161,000 who can’t access affordable healthcare in Tennessee. There are countless other stories just like ours throughout the state.

I love my wife, and I want to be able to stay by her side. Because of her condition, Linda can’t work or even drive herself. Over the years I’ve taken her to the hospital and provided medical support during her seizures, which I can no longer do while living several miles away. If Linda has a medical emergency while I’m not there, she could die — and after 33 years together, being forced apart like this is heartbreaking for both of us.

Since May, I’ve written more than 50 letters to Gov. Haslam, asking to meet and talk about expanding TennCare. He hasn’t written back to any of them. I’m hoping that if we can get enough signatures, he’ll be forced to pay attention and listen! Please sign and share this petition asking Gov. Haslam to expand TennCare and let me move back in with my wife!


Recently in Sydney, District Court Judge Garry Neilson compared child rape and incest to homosexuality — saying that since gay sex is no longer considered “taboo”, a man charged with raping his 17 year-old sister committed no crime!

The comments came on July 9, as Judge Neilson considered the case of a 58 year-old man accused of molesting his own sister at age 10 or 11 in 1973, and then repeatedly raping her again at age 17 in 1981. While the defendant actually admitted his guilt to the 1973 charges in court, the judge seemed to believe that the “taboo” against incest and paedophilia was outdated and the man’s actions were not illegal.

The comments really are unbelievable. A court reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald gave this account of the judge’s remarks:

District Court Judge Garry Neilson said just as gay sex was socially unacceptable and criminal in the 1950s and 1960s but is now widely accepted, “a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner”.

He also said the “only reason” that incest is still a crime is because of the high risk of genetic abnormalities in children born from consanguineous relationships “but even that falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion”.

He even went on to imply that because the younger sister had teenage relationships with other young men, she couldn’t have possibly been raped by her brother. These comments go well beyond simple victim-blaming in this particular trial. This man clearly has no place on the bench and should not be trusted to deliver justice to the victims of sexual crimes. A loving same-sex relationship between adults has nothing to do with paedophilia, incest, or rape.

The Crown Prosecutor in this case has already demanded that the trial be handed to another judge, but that doesn’t go far enough. Judge Neilson shouldn’t be presiding over any cases involving rape or sexual assault — who knows how many other victims have already been denied justice in his court? Please sign this petition to demand that Judicial Commission of New South Wales remove Judge Garry Neilson from the bench immediately.







Arturo is a 29-year-old male polar bear currently living in Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo. He is suffering in 40C (104F) heat in an enclosure that has just 20 inches of water for him to swim in and has as a consequence been displaying worrying behavior.

Please sign this petition or at least spread the word in order to have Arturo transferred to a zoo in Canada which has better facilities for an animal that is used to polar conditions.

sign this or die

Free Him

Guys this is still ongoing !

this fucking kills me, SIGN THE PETITION.

If you sign this, this polar bear will be coming up to our zoo, which from what I understand, just got a new polar bear enclosure? So, it will definitely be an improvement!



Basic summary of the whole issue: My country’s public libraries have removed two children’s books for not being “pro-cishet nuclear family”. The first book, And Tango Makes Three, features two male penguins that are a couple, while the second book, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, has two female partners trying to adopt a baby.

Please help sign the petition and signal boost, Tumblr!

Latest update — they’re planning to pulp the books!! :(


This is about our health and our lives. This is about our fundamental right to have control over our own bodies. This is about justice — and we’re fighting back. If you agree, join Justice Ginsburg’s dissent.








NBC allegedly refused to air an ad for Obvious Child with the word “abortion” in it, because they think it’s “inappropriate for viewers.” 

We beg to differ: The vast majority of American support access to safe and legal abortion, and it’s far past time that we had an honest conversation around the lack of honest portrayals of women’s lives in film and media. If you agree, sign our petition to stop the stigma.



Hey, you see that cat? He’s mine, his name is Mocha, he and his two brothers are rescues. I love them to death, as does the rest of my family. But, apparently, all that Animal Control wants is their death.

See, we have cat doors, so our furry friends come and go. Lots of families in the neighborhood do it; our cats are neutered, vaccinated, and friendly, so there’s no reason not to.

Now, let me ask a question: Do you keep your cats on leashes? Most people don’t. But my neighbor decided that all of the neighborhood cats were too annoying, so she called Animal Control to report that cats were “not leashed.” Apparently, yes, cats should be kept on leashes in yards, according to local regulations.

Sumner County Animal Control decided the best way to fix this is to set traps for cats and send them to a shady kill shelter. This is outright dangerous in the summer heat to leave cats trapped for hours at a time without water. Trapped cats will be sent to this “shelter” and owners will not be notified, even if a cat is collared. 

The shelter charges a hundred dollars to retrieve a pet, and the Gallatin shelter is known for bad conditions and putting animals to sleep before the standard wait time. To boot, they came and told us all of this in front of my five-year-old sister, who loves these cats more than anything. She’s now in tears and inconsolable, and afraid that her best friend are going to be trapped and murdered just for doing what cats do.

Please help me save the local cats and sign this petition:

Your support is needed and appreciated, please let Sumner County know that this is cruel and unfair treatment of innocent animals. Please reblog & share.

(Source: glassmetropolis)




Petition to remove the Anti-Homeless Spikes in London

There’s about 75k signatures so far, but we need another 75k.

Please spread the word of this, and if you can, sign it.

It has 114,974 signitures as of now, with just over 35,000 needed. Go sign!


I have seen a lot of posts about the ‘anti-homeless spikes’. Everyone is yelling about how horrible it is but not actually doing anything.

There is a petition going on at the moment to get these things off our streets! (x)

Please don’t just get angry about it. I just takes a second to sign the petition and you don’t necessarily have to be from this country. We need 53,000 more signatures! Please help and sign it.