July 24, 2023
GLAD Celebrates Disability Pride Month: July 2023
This Disability Pride Month, we’re highlighting incredible LGBTQ+ disability justice advocates who are fighting to affirm and protect the rights of people with disabilities.
Lydia X. Z. Brown
Lydia X. Z. Brown (they/them or no pronouns) is a Chinese-American disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They have worked to advance transformative change through organizing in the streets, writing legislation, conducting anti-ableism workshops, testifying at regulatory and policy hearings, and disrupting institutional complacency everywhere, from the academy to state agencies and the nonprofit-industrial complex.
Imani Barbarin (she/her) is a queer writer, public speaker, TikToker, and disability rights activist who also goes by the username Crutches and Spice. Imani writes from the perspective of a Black woman with Cerebral Palsy, specializing in blogging, science fiction, and memoir.
AC Goldberg (he/him) is a white, Jewish, physically disabled intersex/transgender DEI consultant, lecturer, and speech-language pathologist whose mission is to cultivate affirming spaces for people of all neurotypes, races, genders, ages, religions, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and (dis)abilities. AC’s work centers around empathy, humanity, and intersectional cultural responsiveness. With over two decades of experience, AC seeks to revolutionize spaces by practicing restorative justice and fostering a sense of belonging for all.
Aaron Rose Philip
Aaron Rose Philip (she/her) is an Antiguan American writer, model, and disability rights activist. In 2018, she became the first Black, transgender, and physically disabled model to ever be represented by a major modeling agency and has since modeled in several major high fashion photo shoots and campaigns. Aaron is an especially fierce advocate for the representation of transgender women of color within the fashion industry, especially those with disabilities.
Andrew Gurza (they/he) is an award-winning Disability Awareness Consultant and the Chief Disability Officer and Co-founder of Bump’n, a sex toy company for and by disabled people. He has spoken all over the world on sex, disability, and what it means to be, in his own words, a Queer Cripple.
Derrick Quevedo (he/him/isu/siya) is a Diasporic IlokanX/Tagalog artist and disability activist currently living on Piscataway lands. In addition to drawing and painting, Derrick also writes and posts educational content on social media, especially about neurodivergence, disability, Madness, and racialization.
Jessica Kellgren-Fozard (she/her) is a white, disabled, chronically ill lesbian educator and content creator known for her videos on disability awareness, LGBTQ+ history, and vintage fashion. Jessica seeks to be a positive role model for disabled LGBTQ+ people, especially those who are Deaf and have ADHD.