Posts tagged LGBTQ
Pansexual Visibility & Undoing Heteronormativity

Pride was bittersweet this year. We are still devastated and grieving over the Orlando shooting of 50 people at Pulse, a LGBTQ night club, AND we continue to proudly celebrate who we are. The celebration of LGBTQ feels even more important with the violence that recently happened. Though greater strides have been made towards the acceptance of gay and queer people, we still have a long way towards changing perceptions, beliefs, and the safety of LGBTQ people. I want to acknowledge the intersections like race, gender, and disability that many gay or queer people experience. Thus, the fight towards more acceptance and safety of being queer or gay is also a fight to end all social oppressions.

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Anita Cameron: Black Womyn Disability Rights Activist, One Million Gimp March

"I was called the "angry Black woman" in an effort to silence me and put me down. I turned it around on my detractors and started Angry Black Womyn to highlight Blackness and disability, how we intersect and how sometimes, there is conflict."

Anita Cameron is a passionate Black womyn, disability rights activist who writes about various, intersectional issues on her site, Musings of an Angry Black Womyn, and is organizing the One Million Gimp March. In this interview, Anita shares more about her intersectionality, some important issues facing disabled folks, and her life long activism. This woman has done A LOT of amazing, vital work in the world, and I feel honored to share her voice!

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Dominick Evans: Filmmaking, Disability & Trans Visibility
"I fight for justice because I never want anyone to experience the very painful struggles I have had to endure. I want to make things better for future disabled kids, future generations of trans people, and anyone intersectional, marginalized, or who has otherwise been oppressed."

I was excited to interview Dominick because he's an important voice in the trans and disabled communities. He's a filmmaker in New York City working on an intriguing queer film and other interesting projects. Dominick shares about his experience as a disabled, trans man and the visibility and representation of disabled and trans persons on and off screen. I've been learning from Dominick since I started following him on Twitter, and this interview has opened my eyes and ears even wider. Dominick, also, hosts a Twitter chat called #FilmDis, which takes place on Saturday evenings.

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Talia Molé: Giving a Platform to Childfree Women & Autonomous Education
"There’s something beautiful that happens when you come together as a community and you say all of the things that people are afraid to hear. But, because there’s power in numbers, it just gets louder and louder and louder. That platform to me is important because I just want it to get heavy. I want it to be filled with as many women as I can bring."

This week, I sat down with Lisa Hunter and Talia Mole, who are starting a nonprofit called Carved Space” in the San Francisco Bay Area. I met these two amazing women last year at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco) in the Anthropology and Social Change program, where they are getting their PhDs and where I graduated with my Master’s last May (2015).

Part 1 focused on the Carved Space nonprofit that Lisa and Talia are creating along with Lisa’s experience in the Navy and how that has helped create a veteran leg of the nonprofit. Part 2 focuses on Talia’s project that gives a platform to childfree women and on another nonprofit that she’s a part of about autonomous education.

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