The Disability Intersectionality Summit: A Gathering for Justice

Tuesday, November 13, 2018On a damp and chilly Saturday in mid-October, I rolled out of bed several hours earlier than I usually would have in order to attend the biannual Disability Intersectionality Summit in nearby Cambridge, Mass on the MIT campus. Groggy but

Chasing the “High” of Disability Activism

Monday, September 24, 2018In high school I had a science teacher, “Doc,” who several times throughout the year said that he could get high off the subject he taught – earth space science. This was his way of saying he was passionate about…

I Celebrate Disability Pride, But Am I Really Proud of My Mental Illness?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018When advertising for this year’s New Orleans Disability Pride Festival I was blown away by the positive responses we received, but there was one outlier expressing their disapproval whose words I just cannot shake. Amid the cries of “This is…

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…

Ban Inaccessibility, Not Plastic Straws

Thursday, June 7, 2018Straw or no straw? This question has become the topic of debate in cities all around the world. While there’s no denying that disposable plastic straws create issues for the environment, calls for an outright ban on them are problematic.…

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

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