Nat* Tarnoff

Accessibility & UX Consultant. Developer, Artist, Photographer.

Bathroom Bills are Bullshit

Content Warning

The following post contains some traumatic and triggering scenarios. There is foul language and references to body parts.

North Carolina just made it a law that transgender people will no longer be able to use bathrooms in state owned buildings. It’s only slightly more nuanced than that, but the reality is that implementing this law means that colleagues, friends, members of my family, and likely me* will not be able to go to the bathroom when visiting anything from schools, to the capitol, to state parks. And this is bullshit.

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Joining a New Team of Accessibility Professionals

The last two and half months have been quite an adventure. During this time I applied to work with over 50 companies. I conducted interviews with 28 of them. I went to multiple rounds of interviews with a dozen; and 8 went as far as doing whatever the company used as a technical guage or code test. Discussions with four companies got to the point of discussing salary. I visited in companies on both the east coast and the west coast.

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A Way to Express Oppression

Social media is a tool that can be used for great good (rallying rebellion and protests against tyranny), great evil (rallying mobs to harrass people), or plain fun (cat gifs). Most of us using social media will surround ourselves with people we want to communicate with. A lot of times, these people have the same political, social, and economic views as us, but in some cases they don’t. We all have that one uncle or aunt that is our polar opposite, but because they’re family we try and tolerate their extreme ideas.

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How to Write About Accessibility

Over the last year or so, there have been a lot of people starting to take accessibility seriously, which I love. Accessibility is showing up in blog posts, Github repos, frameworks, and styleguides. But sometimes the way they write about it minimizes the impact that a disability can have on an individual trying to get by in the world.

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