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How should I ask HR to cover my transgender surgery?

My company is self-insured and thus can write their own insurance policy without being subject to many regulations. For whatever reason, they decided to exclude transgender health services. I did not find this out until last week. I have surgery scheduled in three weeks. I am going to pay for it myself but I want to ask HR if they'll reconsider not being [swear words redacted]. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Jan 2, 2017 - 22 answers

Made bigoted comment, not sure how to address it

I was talking to a new acquaintance at an event and said something that came across as really bigoted (I had no clue at the time). Is there anything someone has said to you after a similar event that has made you feel more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me not be a patronizing liberal

Please help me understand how to better engage with those who are close to me having an irrational fear of Muslims (especially with Syrian refugees who she believes are full of ISIS operatives) . I want to engage because I can't not say anything anymore. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 17, 2015 - 31 answers

Unfriend, refriend, defriend ...

Facebook filter: An FB friend, who's really a bare acquaintance, posted favorable references to jokes about disabled people. My instinct took over ... [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Feb 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Help Me Overcome My Prejudice

Posting this anonymously, as this is a pretty shameful thing to fess up to. But please bear in mind that I realize this is irrational, that prejudice is born of ignorance, and that I do want to work through it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2013 - 24 answers

What to do about a friend who is becoming a hater?

Someone close to me (a man) is developing an increasingly conservative, even bigoted, viewpoint on a number of topics. Please help me figure out what the hell is going on and what I can do about it. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Oct 13, 2013 - 38 answers

Dealing with casual bigotry?

What strategies do people have to deal with casual bigots when the situation mandates basic politeness? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Jun 28, 2013 - 28 answers

Psychological implications of bigotry

What happens psychologically to people who fight or confront bigotry for longer periods of time? Are there any studies about depression, PTSD or self-esteem issues? How do anti bigotry/discrimination organizations help their members with these problems?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me deal with my sister's baby daddy's behavior.

I have a problem with my little sister's baby daddy. He's racist, bigoted, irresponsible, and I can see that he's a bad person for my sister and their child. It's driving me crazy, and being around him is breaking my heart. What can/should I do? Warning: some derogatory language within. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Dec 22, 2012 - 47 answers

Is it bigoted to conflate "Jews" and "Israelis"?

Is it bigoted to conflate "Jews" and "Israelis"? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jul 5, 2012 - 46 answers

Freedom to Not Care

My parents' comments can bother me for days. I'm looking for ways to not allow their attitudes, beliefs, and comments affect me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 - 20 answers

How do I get over the shame of my bigoted teenage past?

How do I get over guilt and shame of sharing very prejudiced things online as a teenager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 - 38 answers

Fuck you, Michelle Malkin, for making me ask this question.

How do I explain bigotry to kids? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Oct 5, 2010 - 22 answers

Dysfunctional in the least charming way imaginable.

I want to introduce my wonderful boyfriend to my family. The problem? My father is a bigot and I'm 100% certain he'll be very unwelcoming. Please help me figure out how to navigate this situation. [more inside]
posted by arianell on Jun 30, 2010 - 31 answers

What was the economic impact of separate-but-equal?

What was the economic impact of Jim Crow? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Dec 11, 2009 - 13 answers

"No sweetie, not all black people drink grape kool-aide."

Help! My new girlfriend is skeeved out by minorities. Should I break up with her? [more inside]
posted by Eleutherios on Nov 24, 2009 - 86 answers

Willie or Won't He?

What are some examples of racism [subtle, or not-so-subtle] in advertising? [more inside]
posted by quelindo on Oct 14, 2009 - 43 answers

Is it wrong for my sister-in-law to date a retarded man?

My sister-in-law has started dating a mildly retarded man. This strikes me as very, very wrong. Am I a bigot, or is this a well-founded concern? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2009 - 58 answers

Is it bad that I said that? It isn't good.

How to handle the varieties of coming-out-of-the-closet bigotry that is resulting from the current U.S. presidential election? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 14, 2008 - 15 answers

Paralyzed With Resentment

How can I stop thinking about my father's bigotry, hatred, and intolerance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2008 - 42 answers

A sad coming-out story

I'm dealing with the fallout from coming out to my deeply religious immediate family. For years, I had prepared for their tears, their anger, their remonstrances, their appeals to the Bible, and all of those have come. What I hadn't prepared for was how disappointed I would be, and how fundamental and lonely that disappointment would be. Help? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Oct 16, 2007 - 38 answers


Who are the most dangerous "Christian" fundamentalist leaders? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Oct 11, 2007 - 24 answers

Culturally Insensitive Foot-in-mouth Filter

Last fall, I met for the first time a Rwandan woman who was in the U.S. for work, and I made a really unfortunate culturally/racially/ethnically charged remark. I've been kicking myself ever since, but I never had a chance to do anything to remedy the situation because I haven't seen her again since. Now, more than six months later, I will be seeing her again. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2007 - 36 answers

Help me expel this unwelcome bigotry

I've noticed a significant amount of bigotry emerging in my thinking. To be more specific, I find myself being irritated by people from a certain group and I find myself blaming their irritating-ness on their ethnicity. (Which ethnicity? I'd rather not say and I don't think it matters.) Any suggestions on how to nip this in the bud? Books? Healing your Inner Bigot? For the record, I don't think my perception is accurate. The thoughts persist though and are emerging more often to my dismay.
posted by Aghast. on Nov 30, 2006 - 32 answers

Songs with homophobic lyrics?

Songs with homophobic lyrics? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Jul 31, 2006 - 51 answers

How do I respond to an anti-Islam email?

My girlfriend's parents (future inlaws?) forward me a lot of those awful right-wing emails. The latest one is an anti-Islam rant (inside). [more inside]
posted by neuron on Jul 24, 2006 - 73 answers

"Me biased against the group? No, some of my best friends are of that group!"

Why is "some of my best friends are black/jewish/gay/whatever" seen not only as unconvincing when it comes to disclaiming bias but also as a stereotypical response by one who is biased? [more inside]
posted by Firas on Jan 25, 2006 - 41 answers

Is it a choice?

Having long rolled my eyes at the debate over whether homosexuality is a choice, can I get an explanation of this argument from someone? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 on Nov 12, 2005 - 42 answers

"This is where the party ends..."

JewishHistoryFilter : Can anybody recommend a good book that dissects the common Jewish conspiracy theories and discusses their history? Extra points for readability. [more inside]
posted by afroblanca on Jul 16, 2005 - 21 answers

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