Finding Strength At Our Intersections: Disability, Neurodiversity & Queerness.
Updated: Jan 12
As part of disability pride month, we asked a selection of our Queer Leaders: How do you think the intersection of your Queer and Disabled/Neurodivergent identities gives you strength? Here are the thoughts they'd like to share with you...
1. Coco (she/they)
“I think they both sit side by side, [the intersection of these two parts of my identity] give me strength to be my authentic self and learn to love the real me. It’s also given me further strength to be able to share and inspire others; so that they can see their neurodiversity as a superpower, rather than something that’s negative, which is what society tells us.”
2. Char Bailey (she/her)
“It gives me a unique experience of the world and therefore I have a different perspective. Being able to paradigm shift is a huge advantage. I simply see more and that gives me more empathy.”
3. Anick Soni (he/him)
"Being Queer and Disabled are two parts of me that contribute to my wholeness. It wasn’t until I accepted them, and made my own adjustments that I was able to find my strength. Oftentimes, I would try and control or minimise these aspects of myself to fit in, but it was always to my detriment. Now I’m vocal that it’s our worlds that need reshaping, not me."
4. Tatum Swithenbank (she/they)
"Being Queer and Disabled teaches me to live outside of the boxes which have been projected onto me, my identities guide me to be adaptable, creative and unapologetically me."
5. Mark Travis Rivera (he/him)
“Before my queer identity entered my consciousness, it was my disability that taught me the power of resilience and resistance. At the intersection of both of those identities, I recognize that I am strong and unstoppable.”
6. Ryan Zaman (he/him)
“Growing up, I think I had a lot of difficulties when it came to how the queer parts of my identity interacted with the disabled parts of my identity. Now I’m older though, I think these two parts of me work together to give me strength by how they afford me a high level of emotional intelligence, and allow me to consider several perspectives in all that I do.”