5 Black and Disabled Women You NEED to Follow Right Now!
As you all probably know, February is Black History Month. I thought pretty hard about the kind of post I wanted to write today that would do this month justice.
As a white disabled woman, I know that I have the privilege to be heard far more often than black disabled women. My pain is validated more often, I have more access to health care, and I didn’t have to struggle to get a diagnosis. I never have to worry about racism or violence towards me because of the color of my skin.
Also, I know that I am not the person to talk to about the issues that black women face in America today. I can’t speak for that experience. It’s my place to step aside and share the voices of those who can.
To celebrate Black History Month, I wanted to share some incredible women who are out there making history today. Everyone on this list is doing something incredible, and they all have so much to give to the world. You all need to have them in your lives, so check them out and go give them a follow!
Keah Brown | Twitter
— Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria) December 9, 2017
Keah Brown is the creator of the #DisabledandCute hashtag! That hashtag means so much to me because as much as it sucks to admit it, it is really easy to feel ugly when you’re disabled. Keah’s tag celebrates disabled bodies and lives, and that’s pretty damn amazing to me. Seriously, just scroll through the tag for like 15 minutes and tell me you don’t leave it feeling happier. I can’t thank Keah enough for reminding us all that disabled people are heckin cute too!
Keah also just got a book deal! She’s writing an essay collection titled The Pretty One about her life as a black woman with cerebral palsy, and I can not wait to buy it and read it in one go!
Imani Barbarin | Twitter
When a disabled person tells you their experience, it’s not an attempt to illicit pity from you, but to share an aspect of their daily life.
If you feel pity or anger at hearing about our experience, maybe call your representatives. We’ll trade tears for votes any day.
— Crutches&Spice♿️ (@Imani_Barbarin) February 10, 2018
Imani is one of my faves to pop up on my timeline. She always has killer commentary about whats going on in the world and I feel like I’m always learning something from her. Plus, she has the best personality. Imani is sharp and doesn’t hold back, but she’s also funny and kind.
She has a blog that you can follow as well! Please support her!
Vilissa Thompson | Twitter
If it wasn't for the ADA, I wouldn't have been able to graduate with my Masters in Social Work (MSW) from @winthropu, be a part of my community by patronizing businesses, or be the independent spirit I am. #HandsOffMyADA #StopHR620 pic.twitter.com/W0XlgsqD68
— Vilissa Thompson (@VilissaThompson) February 9, 2018
Vilissa is a queen, okay? She’s the creator of the #DisabilityTooWhite hashtag, which calls out the whitewashing of disability. White people should not be the focus of disability rights or representation because disability intersects with every minority group. Racism is deep rooted within our community (the disability community and America as a whole), and Vilissa’s tag is so important to read through and support.
She is also the founder of RampYourVoice, a consultant, activist, social worker, and writer. Basically, she’s incredible and it’s time to follow her everywhere.
Lolo | Twitter
I made a goal for myself in 2018 I would be even more fearless than last year and let society know that DISABILITY IS FLY, FUN, AND SEXY TOO! My fellow disabled loves Its a new year so kill it! Photographer & MUA: @LoreneJanae Stylist: @cur8able (https://t.co/8wrxHuri5a) pic.twitter.com/mtOfXDxdyz
— LOLO-Sitting Pretty (@itsLOLOlove) January 4, 2018
*Dreamy sighs* I’ve mentioned LOLO before in my disabled content creators post, but yep! Mentioning her again. She’s got an amazing Youtube channel where she talks about her disability and experiences. She shows the world that disabled doesn’t equal tragic and I can’t get enough. She’s also got some stunning photos on her social media from a recent shoot showing that you know what? Disabled people are sexy, too.
Follow her, subscribe to her channel, and fall in love.
Claudia Gordon | Twitter
Stand up. Get involved. Demand your voice be heard. https://t.co/S4R7A7JEiA
— Claudia L Gordon Esq (@ClaudiaLGordon) January 15, 2018
Claudia is a disability rights advocate who worked in the Obama administration. She’s the first Black Deaf lawyer in the country (badass) and she has advocated for deaf and disabled people while working with the National Council on Disability, the National Coalition for Disability Rights, and Homeland Security.
I definitely recommend you read this Q&A with Claudia to learn more about her!
I hope you’ll all follow and support these babes! Also, leave a comment with links to other people you think we should all be following! I’d love any and all recommendations.