July 20, 2022
GLAD Celebrates Disability Pride Month
This Disability Pride Month, we’re highlighting creators and organizations working to increase visibility and fight for justice for disabled folks. Keep reading to find out more about the incredible work that is being done to build a world where disabled people are fully included and celebrated in all areas of life!
Nasreen Alkhateeb is an award-winning visionary filmmaker focused on amplifying the voices of underrepresented populations through her work. She draws from her identities as “BIPOC, multi-heritage, Black, Iraqi, Disabled, raised Muslim, and 1st Generation” to create her art and inspire audiences.
Image description: A multi-heritage woman with long tightly wound dark brown locks, wearing red lipstick and a high neck black shirt. Background is darkly lit with one purple light illuminating her left side onto her hair.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Tonguebreaker, Dirty River, and other books. They are a long-time disability and transformative justice movement worker and a 2020 Disability Futures fellow. Their new book, The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs is forthcoming in October 2022.
Image description: A nonbinary femme with sand colored skin, green and brown curly hair and purple lipstick grins in front of a blooming jasmine vine.
K Copeland co-creates comics on Chaos Life and more with his spouse that delve into experiences of being transgender, navigating disabilities, and raising and relying on a service dog. The duo’s work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Discovery Channel’s Official Blog, The Australian Broadcasting Company, several anthologies, and more.
Image description: A biracial trans man with long, dark brown hair, wears a charcoal heather shirt. Beside him is a large white and brown husky-type dog. The setting is inside a vehicle, with a brightly lit background with natural light coming in from the vehicle window behind the pair.
Robert Andy Coombs is an artist living in Miami. He explores the intersections of disability and sexuality as well as themes of relationships, caregiving, and more through photography.
Image description: A white man with short dark hair, pictured without a shirt. There is a square tattooed on the right side of his chest, and other tattoos along his collar and on his right shoulder. There is light illuminating his face from the right, and the background is dark.
The Disability Law Center is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities.
Image description: Pictured, is a drawing of a white scale on a light blue circle background. The letters “DLC” are written across the scales in dark blue, and a white circle wraps around the drawing, with the words “the protection & advocacy agency for people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Center–NH combats barriers faced by people with disabilities regarding their civil and legal rights. By providing legal advice or representation to people with disabilities across the state in areas like special education, accessibility, employment discrimination, home and community-based services, and Medicaid, DRC-NH is committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities across New Hampshire. GLAD teamed up with DRC-NH in Mejia et al v Edelblut et al.
Image description: A navy insignia with the letters DRC intertwining, and to the right, it reads: Disability Rights Center – NH in navy with a white background.
Disability Rights Maine provides many services, including information and referrals, legal representation, education, and advocacy services to people with disabilities in Maine. GLAD and DRME joined forces in a coalition to advocate for reforms to the Maine children’s behavioral health system.
Image description: A navy blue logo reading: “Disability Rights Maine” atop a white background. In the center, the word “Rights” is written in white against a dark blue background. In the lower right corner is a silhouette of Maine against a lighter blue background.