Activism

How Can I Feel Proud When LGBTQIA+ Pride Events Exclude Me?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018It’s June, which means it’s Pride season! My queer little heart will always get excited about this time of year, but it’s also painful. It’s been a long time since I have participated in a Pride celebration. I’ve identified as…

If Your LGBTQIA+ Pride Event Isn’t Accessible to Disabled People, You’re Missing Out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018Like many other disabled people, one of the first questions I ask when I’m making plans is, “Will this be accessible?” And as much as I love going to celebrate at Pride events, the answer is often, “No, or pretty

4 Activists Who Make Me Proud to be Disabled and Transgender

Thursday, June 14, 2018As a disabled, transgender person, I don’t have a lot of role models.  To understand what it means resist ableism and transphobia at the same time, I started researching the history of our community.  Here are four disabled, transgender people…

Activist Spotlight: Lillie Lainoff – Writer

Thursday, May 17, 2018Lillie Lainoff always wanted to be a writer. When she came home from her first day of kindergarten with her first short story—two sentences about a girl with a pet goldfish—she announced that this was what she wanted to do

Disabled People Have the Right to Raise Children

Monday, May 7, 2018I didn’t see many families like mine growing up. All my childhood friends’ parents had cars and could drive. My mom was visually impaired and had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. She was the first person to teach me that I shouldn’t be

Can We Stop Arguing About the “Right Way” to Be a Disability Activist?

Friday, May 4, 2018There is more than one way to do disability activism. This should be obvious, but needs repeating. There are plenty of internal arguments inside the disability community, about race, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, and disability type, not to…

15 Autistic Activists You Should Follow This Autism Acceptance Month

Thursday, April 26, 2018It was around late 2012 or early 2013 when I first stumbled across the #ActuallyAutistic community online. Before I found the community, my ideas about what it means to be autistic came from my personal experience or from limited and

What’s the Point of Trigger Warnings?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018Trigger warnings are an incredibly contentious subject, from op-eds insisting that they’re ruining higher education to complaints that they’re wildly overused to a high profile author mocking them in the title of a book. But the conversation about trigger warnings…

My Fight for Independence is a Fight for Disability Rights

Friday, April 6, 2018For the first two decades of my life, I was never alone. Growing up with vocal cord paralysis, I was always accompanied by either my nurses, my parents, or another adult who was trained to work with kids who wear…

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