queer and disabled

Honestly being disabled affects so many LGBT+ people.

In my town there is only 1 bar that has wheelchair access and guess what?! It’s not the gay bar!

Gay bars are also not accessible (the vast majority of the time) to those who are sensitive to bright lights and loud sounds. Example; some people with epilepsy, autism, PTSD, Tourettes, social anxiety, ect.

The pride march I went to last year would not be accessible (reasonably) for someone in a wheelchair or let’s be real, anyone who can’t walk for an hour +. 

The local LGBT+ group I meet up at tries to be accessible but often forgets that if a location has to be changed then the same level of access will almost certainly not apply to the new location.

The LGBT+ friendly bookshop I visited while overseas had a tiny door which barely fit my small wheelchair. There was also a step halfway through the store which meant I only got to view half of the books that were aimed at me. 

A lot of LGBT+ resources online are not set out in a way that people with visual or learning disabilities can easily read, or read at all. 

The LGBT+ community as a whole (not just the disabled members)  need to make a conscious effort to include disabled people where-ever and whenever possible. 

We are just as much a part of the community as abled body/minded people. 

This is 100% okay for able body/minded people to reblog too. 

Shout out to people who didn’t go to any pride celebrations this month for any reason:

-No proper transportation/ it was too far away

-Work or social responsibilities prevented you

-You’re not out for any number of reasons

-It was discouraged by family

-A chronic illness or disability prevented you

-Generally inaccessibility of celebrations

-You wouldn’t feel comfortable due to part of your identity (could be race or where you fit into the LGBTQ umbrella or other)

-You wouldn’t feel safe for the above reasons or any other

-You didn’t want to/couldn’t for any other reason

-Hell, you were just too lazy

You’re no less valid! Going to a pride celebration is not a requirement of being LGBTQ. Let’s continue spreading the love and acceptance I keep seeing on Tumblr no matter the month!

Happy International Women’s Day to all women

To trans women, to women of color, to queer women, to disabled women, to fat women, to poor women.

To women of all cultures and societies, who all have their own unique struggles for their rights as women.

To people of marginalized genders who feel their connection to womanhood is important to them.

International Women’s Day is for all women. International Women’s Day is for all people of marginalized genders who value their connection to womanhood.

Happy International Women’s Day. I love you.

Doctors insisting that all women take pregnancy tests before having an X-ray is sexist and paternalistic. I’m a lesbian who’s never been sexually active, but I’m always required to take a pregnancy test “just in case.” This practice reflects the general culture of doctors not believing and trusting women, and it needs to change. 

DO NOT FOLLOW ME IF YOUR FEMINISM DOESN'T INCLUDE:

• Trans women
• Trans men
• Intersex people
• The LGBTQ community
• Queer people of colour
• People with disabilities
• Autistic and neurodivergent people
• Sex workers
• Immigrants
• Women of colour
• People with mental illness
• The Black Lives Matter movement
• The poor and homeless
• Male advocacy
• Sexual assault survivors (men and women)
• Muslim women (with or without the hijab)
• Jewish women
• Sikh women
• Mothers

Everyone, PLEASE go support the new Power Rangers movie.

I know basically nothing about the franchise, I was never a fan as a kid, I get it if you’re like ‘idk what even’ about the movie.

 I haven’t even seen the movie yet. 

But out of the 5 main characters, 4 are non-white, and of those, 1 is an openly queer Latina, and 1 is black and autistic.

Words can’t express how huge this is.

Not only is this the first openly queer superhero in a blockbuster movie, she is also Latina. 

It’s also, the first autistic superhero in a blockbuster movie. 

It’s one of the first times I have ever seen a canonically autistic protagonist in a major piece of media, ever, in a narrative that isn’t just about them Suffering About Being Autistic™.

It’s the second black autistic character I’ve ever seen in any form of media, ever, either, and that is incredibly significant. It’s looking like it will be fairly positive representation, which is so important, given the issues that black autistic people face. (More likely to be underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed, more likely to be the victims of police violence and persecution, etc.)

If it doesn’t do well, the diversity of the film will get blamed by Hollywood, rather than any of the individual creative merits of the film itself.

But if this movie succeeds, it could be genuinely groundbreaking, in terms of what is considered viable in terms of casting and representation in major blockbuster movies. 

If you want more POC heroes, more queer heroes, more disabled heroes, in your media?

Please, please, go see this movie.

Tbh, I think my favorite part of The Shape of water was the subtle dig at white gay entitlement.

It first comes up when Elisa is flipping through the TV and sees the footage of peaceful black protesters of the Civil Rights movement. Giles says he doesn’t want to see that and insists she changes the channel. Until this point we’ve seen his character as slightly self absorbed, in the way some academics tend to be, but it’s seen as just an endearing quirk of his personality. However, in this scene he is complicit in ignoring the struggles of African American citizens in a direct parallel to the way the white queer community often ignores racism within and outside of our communities. While not being explicitly racist like some of the other characters he is still turning a blind eye on another minority community because it’s presence is “disturbing.”

This changes later, at the diner, when we see Giles come to a realization after the waiter he was crushing on refuses to serve a black family. When he shames both Giles and the family, Giles is forced to realize the oppression of others. While this obviously doesn’t make him “a great ally to the black community” just for pulling his head out of his ass, it’s important to see in a movie so focused on the struggles of minorities in a cis/white/straight/Christian/capitalist America, make a nod toward the intersections of privilege.

It’s such a clever way to tie this issue into the greater theme of the movie, that could have so easily been cut. Anyway, the Shape of Water is more than that movie about a lady wanting to bone the fish man and I recommend you give it a watch.

gay men deserve respect.
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trans men deserve respect.
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chubby people deserve respect.
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trans women deserve respect.
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lesbians deserve respect.
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thin people deserve respect.
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bi/pan people deserve respect.
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asexual people deserve respect.
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disabled people deserve respect.
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nonbinary people deserve respect.
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lgbtq+ people of colour deserve respect.
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every person deserves respect.

Let’s normalize using terms like “cisgender” or “neurotypical” or “able-bodied”. Let’s not talk about marginalized groups like they’re a broken version of non marginalized groups. Let’s stop talking about non marginalized groups as if they’re the factory setting and anyone who differentiates from that is not “normal”.

When you pass (as cis, as het, as allistic) you are having your identity erased. That is a marginalization, full stop.

That doesn’t mean you don’t have an edge - to be clear, you absolutely have an edge. The net gains may even be greater than the losses; plenty of people prefer passing despite the emotional tax and that is absolutely legit.

But marginalization is still marginalization. It still takes a toll on you. Whether physically (able-passing), mentally (allistic passing), or emotionally (cishet passing), you still have that marginalization. It still hurts.

We need to start recognizing that. We need to make a point of acknowledging that you can be advantaged, without being privileged.

Start calling passing what it is - an advantage, not a privilege.