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advocate, organizer, strategist, adjunct prof, lawyer • abolition, disability justice, collective liberation, love • be fierce, kind, tender, unapologetic, loud
Sep 27, 2018 17 tweets 6 min read
One of the worst harms done to transracial adoptees of color, especially transracial AND transnational adoptees of color, is stealing us from our homelands while depriving us of cultural connection and community.

#TransracialTrauma We are permanent outcasts. Isolated. At the margins of the margins.

I don't belong anywhere.

White people want me to be a safe (to be openly racist to/around), palatable (to white respectability), assimilated (into whiteness) East Asian.

Jun 4, 2018 31 tweets 5 min read
Some tips on access-centered event/program organizing/planning (some are mine; many I learned from other fabulous folks): (1) When you put information about the event online, whether on (a) a website, (b) in email announcements, or (c) social media, only include images if you include alt-text and text-only captions.
May 17, 2018 29 tweets 4 min read
I think I have a lot of disability activid. opinions that aren't necessarily very popular and that others might share but are afraid to express.

So here are a few:

(Caveat: These are all somewhat simplified because of format. But I love nuances.) It's not a moral failure for a disabled person to want a cure.

It's also not necessarily because of internalized ableism.

Self-determination+autonomy need to include the possibilities that some people want their brains+bodies to function differently.
Apr 14, 2018 17 tweets 3 min read
Over the last 6 or 7 years since I first posted the original Ableist Language Glossary on my blog, I've received literally thousands of comments on it in every form.

Fan mail, hate mail, concern trolling, and mutually contradictory criticisms.

So! Let's clear some things up. (1) The list is NOT a litmus test.

Stop fucking using it as a censored word list.

Its purpose is to inform and educate, not enforce increased policing/surveillance of random people's language.
Jan 24, 2018 46 tweets 8 min read
A friend sent me this and asked me to share to protect their anonymity -- very important info for Boston #queer #trans #LGBTQ community about @FenwayHealth:

Content Warning: Suicide, medical abuse, sexual assault, self-harm.

#QTPoC #SDQTPoC #AbleismExists "I'd like to take a few minutes of your time to warn you about a dangerous psychiatrist at Fenway Behavioral Health, Dr. Howard Hernandez. I apologize for not writing this sooner, but I didn't feel ready to share this until now."
Dec 1, 2017 57 tweets 25 min read
Autistic people are human beings. We can and must make our own medical choices, especially about procedures as invasive+permanent as sterilization.

#BoycottToSiri Forcible/involuntary sterilization because you're afraid of someone like me reproducing? Direct and clear example of modern eugenics.

Nov 14, 2017 34 tweets 3 min read
Stop stealing our word to co-opt our identities+colonial trauma!

- Signed, a transracial adoptee

(I'm East Asian PoC, specifically Chinese, adopted by white family in U.S.) Because of racist assholes like this person, someone in activism actually thought I was one of them b/c my bio says transracial.