May 18, 2018

Why the LGBTQ+ Community Must Fight for Disability Rights

Some excellent thoughts on the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ and disability rights, from three people working to expand both. Two quotes stand out. The first from Dominick Evans:

I think a lot of people don’t realize how common it is to have a disability, but disability rights are human rights.

And this one from Kay Ulanday Barrett:

So many of my peers are constantly asked to do free work, or to be so grateful to literally sit at the table with able-bodied people. But you know what? I don’t want to be a plus-one, or in the background of a photo as some kind of poster child. Trans people and disabled people and people of color should be compensated for their knowledge, for their experience, for their professional contributions. Sitting at your fucking table is not good enough.

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