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My Quest To Become A Queer Crippled Hero

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.01.2017 | Queer Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Everybody loves a good origin story, right? We love that moment the hero learned who they really were - the struggles that they went through to get wh...

Living In Trump's America: Thoughts From A Black Disabled Woman

Vilissa Thompson | Posted 12.19.2016 | Black Voices
Vilissa Thompson

It has been over a month since the presidential election, and the dust still has not settled from the shock of Donald Trump winning the coveted seat o...

A Lesson In Civility For Senator Jeff Sessions

Wendi Nunnery | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Wendi Nunnery

Donald Trump has selected former Alabama attorney general and current Republican senator, Jeff Sessions, as his pick for U.S. Attorney General. And I ...

The Problem With Paternalizing Disabled People To Protest Donald Trump

Kim Sauder | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Kim Sauder

More than a week after the 2016 U.S. election, many people are still in shock at the result. People are still trying to piece together how Donald Trum...

Queer For The Holidays: Post-Election Edition

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 11.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

In the next few days we are headed home for the holidays, something often traumatic in itself. We may get misgendered or be subject to countless other forms of discrimination; now we must spend time with family members who have voted against us and we feel that much more emotionally vulnerable.

A Time To Accept Multiple Truths

Mac Grambauer | Posted 11.21.2016 | Women
Mac Grambauer

Note: I had started working on a different piece about the aftermath of the election, and after seeing the discourse which followed November 8th, bega...

An Open Letter To RespectAbility On Racism And Apologies

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 09.26.2016 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

An incident has been making waves in the disability activism community this week. On Tuesday, the CEO of the disability organization RespectAbility ma...

Why We Need To Talk About Queerness, Disability, And Depression

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 10.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

I remember when I turned 29, I had just gone through a couple major life changes. I had recovered from a hellish few months of hospitals, complication...

The Sagamihara Massacre Was A Hate Crime, And We Need To Talk About It

Kathleen Downes | Posted 08.15.2016 | Impact
Kathleen Downes

I have delayed writing this post, not because it was not urgent, but because I have struggled to find the words to convey the horror of the Sagamihara...

Why Excitement Over 'Me Before You' Is Deeply Troubling

Kim Sauder | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Kim Sauder

There is a big difference between actual human people having feelings about their actual lives and experiences of disability and a fictionalized account written by someone who isn't disabled and which heavily romanticizes very problematic stereotypes about disability.

The Search For Modern-Day Love As A Woman With A Disability

Stella Palikarova | Posted 05.19.2016 | Women
Stella Palikarova

I no longer hide the fact that I'm a disabled woman in my dating profiles -- it is there for the world to see and read about (in a cute, self-deprecating way), but it's not a solution to my dating woes.

People Who Are Not Disabled Need To Check Out #AbleismExists Right Now

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.23.2016 | Impact

To put it simply, ableism is prejudice against people with disabilities. But Dominick Evans, a filmmaker and activist, thinks the problem is more comp...

Please Stop Calling My Life With A Disability 'Inspiring'

The Establishment | Posted 04.14.2017 | Women
The Establishment

When you start to say something well-meaning or congratulatory to a person with disabilities, something like "you're so brave" or "I'm so inspired by your determination," stop. Think about it. Would you say something like that to a non-disabled person?

Observations From Below: The Lucky One

Bryan Dooley | Posted 03.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

Well, I have a theory about why ableism is ignored. I think you all are very aware of the issues, but you are also aware that it could be you, which scares the hell out of you, so you don't take any action and just pretend it goes away. Maybe if you're lucky, it won't, but the odds are against you.

People Complaining About Whole Foods Oranges Need To Check Their Peeling Privilege

Kim Sauder | Posted 03.10.2017 | Impact
Kim Sauder

This discourse completely ignores how preprepared food impacts people with disabilities. As a person with limited hand dexterity, I look at this and see an easier way to eat healthy food.

Black and Disabled: When Will Our Lives Matter?

Eddie Ndopu | Posted 02.13.2017 | Black Voices
Eddie Ndopu

It is simply not enough to proclaim that all black lives matter when clearly not all black bodies matter in our collective conception and articulation of black liberation. Our conception and articulation of black liberation currently suffers from a profound failure to engage disability as a site of struggle, resistance and transformation.

Lucky to Be Alive: Zika Coverage, Ableism, and the Terror of Disabled Bodies

Karrie Higgins | Posted 02.05.2017 | Healthy Living
Karrie Higgins

I am pro-choice. I am not talking about choice. I am talking about how it feels as a disabled person to witness panic about disabled bodies coming into this world. 

The Cripple and Control: Ripping Up the Script as a Sexy, Seated Man With Disabilities

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.04.2017 | Queer Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

I am beginning to learn that one of the best and most important parts about sex for myself, as a man with disabilities, is to give up that power that I held onto so tightly.

Teachers, Parents, and Students: Let's Talk About Ableism

Mardra Sikora | Posted 01.28.2017 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

Humans. I'm sure I don't need to tell you; we are one fragmented and flawed race. So many complex issues for, against, and with other humans. So many small infractions upon each other and some days those small dings compound into too much. In my world, I am witness to an ongoing phenomenon called ableism.

Columbia to Change Name, Mascot

Steven Clifford | Posted 12.07.2016 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Bowing to demands from faculty and students, Dr. Richard Simpson, Dean of Columbia College, announced that Columbia's sports teams would no longer be nicknamed the Lions.

Why We Really Need to Talk About Kylie Jenner

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 12.02.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Hitselberger

Kylie Jenner's photo and the conversation around it made me uncomfortable as a disabled person, but not just because she was using a wheelchair as a prop. I was uncomfortable when I read Tweets that suggested that the wheelchair was used as a prop to symbolize the "limitations" Kylie Jenner experienced through being famous.

Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disablity

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 10.29.2016 | Impact
Karin Hitselberger

Recently, I saw a picture on Facebook that said, "I fight cerebral palsy. What's your superpower?" So much about this illustration focusing on cerebral palsy awareness struck me as wrong and uncomfortable, and it left me with a nauseous feeling in my stomach.

5 Questions To Stop Asking Wheelchair Users Immediately (And What To Ask Instead)

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 10.29.2016 | Women
Karin Hitselberger

The most important thing to remember when interacting with wheelchair users is that we want to be treated like anybody else.

No, I Am Not 'Too Pretty To Be In A Wheelchair'

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 10.22.2016 | Women
Karin Hitselberger

My disability has no impact on my intelligence. My wheelchair has no impact on my beauty. They are a part of me, but they do not take away from anything that I am; if anything, they only enhance it.

Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival: NO Ism Schism!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.25.2016 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

No Sexism. No Racism. No Ableism. No Ageism. No Homophobia. No Fatphobia. No Transphobia. No Hatefulness. Basically, no divide among people caused by ANY prejudice beliefs!