Lesbians and Disability
As a queer activist, I've always thought that I've been very
aware of injustice and oppression in the world. I've been involved
in my community and one of many insisting on the importance of
justice for all. I try to always keep in mind how necessary it
is to be visible as a lesbian. A little over a year ago when
my partner became disabled, I began to learn that I didn't really
know anything about invisibility. I learned about an entire population
of people that are ignored, left out of most discussions regarding
their own lives. I learned that disabled lesbians are not only
invalidated and marginalized by the larger society, but are ignored
and avoided by able-bodied members of the queer community as
well. And, I learned how I've participated in the process of
isolation and alienation, and how I might have gone on not seeing
had it not been for my partner's disability.
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