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Nicole Griffith and her partner Kelley Eskridge
SEAN ALONSO (RATCLIFFE), JENNIFER DURHAM (GRIFFITH)

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The images were the very essence of Resistance. Disabled women were putting their lives on the line, protesting attempts by President Trump and Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid. Some in wheelchairs, some with limbs distorted by dystrophies or by oxygen tanks or breathing tubes, disabled women camped in the halls of Congress or outside the doors of various senators until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called for their arrest.

Throughout June and July, there they were, chanting, holding placards, staging “die-ins” like those during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ’90s. Every day on CNN and every night on the national news these women were there: some being pushed into, and others being lifted from their wheelchairs into the waiting Capitol Police vans, as they all chanted to save the ACA and Medicaid.

It was a revolutionary moment: The whole world was watching as these women made America’s largest—yet most invisible—minority more visible.

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This issue, we chose basketball champion Sue Bird of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm as our cover girl. This newly out, four-time Olympic gold medal winner is a lesson in strength, persistence, and humility. I hope you enjoy Lucy J. Madison’s excellent interview on page 62. And if Sue Bird isn’t enough to inspire you to support your favorite team or athlete, be sure to go see Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone, when it is released nationally on September 22. Battle of the Sexes is about the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King and Riggs played in the Houston Astrodome, and the match was nationally televised in 1973, long before ESPN and the Tennis Channel