Disability Pride Month: A Crucial Part Of The Pride Celebrations
It was on the 26th of July in 1990 that President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, and this act became law. Since then, July continues to be celebrated as Disability Pride Month. But it isn't just the US that celebrates Disability Pride. Countries like the UK and South Africa are just two names out of a long list of countries that today support Disability Pride.
In the US, Disability Pride Parades help raise awareness about the community, and are annually held in various states across the country. Disability Pride Month aims to help members of the disabled LGBTQ+ community find not just their identities, but also their voice in society. The movement also aims to change how people view the disabled LGBTQ+ community, and to generate broader acceptance for them. Almost 15% of the population of the world live with disabilities. Each year, during Disability Pride Month, they can take part in Pride celebrations with a welcoming community, all across the world.
The Significance Of Disability Pride Month in LGBTQ+ Celebrations
Of the 15% of people across the world that live with disabilities, some are members of the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ Pride Month happens to be in June. This gives the disabled LGBTQ+ community two months to celebrate being out and proud. There are similarities between Disability Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ Pride Month. To begin with, both aim to raise voices for marginalized communities.
Both people in the LGBTQ+ community and those in the disabled community have to work hard to get their needs addressed by the nation. Disability Pride Month gives the disabled LGBTQ+ community the opportunity to raise awareness about their lives and experiences among the general population. It's significant because it changes how disabled LGBTQ+ people live and aims to improve their lives.
Amplifying Voices: Exploring The Experiences Of Disabled LGBTQ+ Individuals
Disability is essentially a condition that impairs either the body or the mind, and prevents the person from living a normal life. There are societal norms in place that get in the way of both LGBTQ+ individuals and people with disabilities, from receiving opportunities. Members of the disabled LGBTQ+ community live in the intersection between two identities. They can face discrimination as well as stigmatization in their lives.
The disabled LGBTQ+ community need to contend with discrimination in school, at work, and even at a medical appointment. Disabled LGBTQ+ people have to start facing barriers earlier in their lives. They could find themselves bullied in schools, which can lead some young people to drop out of school entirely. The disabled LGBTQ+ community is at a higher risk of facing discrimination than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. This also includes members of the LGBTQ+ community without disabilities.
Disabled LGBTQ+ people are at higher risk for avoiding medical care and could leave their health needs unchecked. They could also find themselves dealing with economic problems, including poverty. This is as there are less places for them to work, leading to a higher rate of unemployment among the disabled LGBTQ+ community.
Embracing Intersectionality: Disability Rights And LGBTQ+ Advocacy
The American With Disabilities Act that was passed in 1990 provided people with disabilities with protection. This protection included the education, employment, as well as use of public accommodation by disabled individuals. While this landmark change brought with it many positives, it didn't address the needs of an important minority in the disabled community.
Inclusivity in Pride movements is important in bringing to light the lived experiences of the disabled LGBTQ+ community. This intersection between disability rights and LGBTQ+ rights is a field that's still emerging. In the Month of June in 2014, the White House would hold a forum on disability issues within the LGBTQ+ community. During the forum, people of both the disabled community and the LGBTQ+ community came together with the disabled LGBTQ+ community. Members of the disabled LGBTQ+ community are entitled to protection provided to the disabled community, as well as those in place for the LGBTQ+ community. This includes protection against discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender, and more.
Celebrating Diversity: Inclusive Pride Movements And Disabled Participation
The disabled LGBTQ+ community is welcome to participate not just in LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June, but also the Disability Pride Month in July. Intersectionality in Pride celebrations should be embraced, to allow every individual in the community, feel like they can celebrate themselves as well.
With over 10% of the world living with one kind of disability or the other, their needs and rights should be globally recognized. Disability Pride Month aims to do just that. Members of the LGBTQ+ community can continue to celebrate Pride by celebrating not just themselves, but their disabled LGBTQ+ counterparts as well.
Recognizing The Strength: Stories Of Resilience From The Disabled LGBTQ+ Community
It's not just the disabled LGBTQ+ people alive today that feel as if they are hidden from society, but disabled LGBTQ+ historical figures too are hidden. Nearly one third of the LGBTQ+ community identify with having a disability. Their disabilities can be physical, mental, or sensory. Within the LGBTQ+ community, around 30% of men and 36% of women believe they live with a disability.
Wondering if you might know any famous names that are members of the disabled LGBTQ+ community? Suzanne Westenhoefer, a lesbian and a popular comedian who revealed that she has previously suffered a fall that led to her losing consciousness. She came out of the situation with a traumatic brain injury. There are thousands of people across the world who live with injuries like this, including LGBTQ+ people.
Morty Manford, a prominent name when it comes to the Stonewall rebellion, lived with psychiatric disabilities. Throughout his life, he was an activist for LGBTQ+ rights, a prominent disabled LGBTQ+ person fighting for his community.
Barbara Jordan is another name worth mentioning. A lesbian, she kept her sexuality a secret through most of her political career. Despite living with multiple sclerosis, she would become an important figure in Congress. In 1994, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton.
Frequently Asked Questions
People often have questions about Disability Pride Month. Different from the Disability Awareness Month, Disability Pride Month is celebrated in July by thousands of people across the US. Globally, July is also celebrated as Disability Pride Month.
What is Disability Pride Month and why is it important?
Disability Pride Month, celebrated in July in the US, commemorates the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Although people with disabilities are legally protected against discrimination due to their disability, the reality is different. People with disabilities do face discrimination in their lives, and this discrimination is compounded when it comes to the disabled LGBTQ+ community.
During Disability Pride Month, members of the disabled community and their allies raise awareness on living with disabilities. They aim to show the general public what it's like to live with a disability. They talk about not just their issues, but also what gives them strength and purpose. Disability Pride Month is a time to celebrate people who live with disabilities, and to start discussions on how their lives can be made better.
At the intersection of the disabled and LGBTQ+ community are the disabled LGBTQ+ people. This includes people living with physical, mental and sensory disabilities. It's more common among the LGBTQ+ community, to find people living with a disability. This means this intersection is a large number of people. Through Disability Pride Month, they bring to light their lived experiences.
How can Pride celebrations be more inclusive for disabled LGBTQ+ Individuals?
Disabled LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to deal with hurdles early in their life, which can affect them going forward. People living with mental disabilities such as chronic mental health disorders, often recall their earlier experiences as what contributed to their state. Since disabled LGBTQ+ people face more discrimination in their lives, they tend to prefer staying hidden as well.
Actively talking about the disabled LGBTQ+ community, both by the disabled and the LGBTQ+ community, can go a long way towards making them feel welcomed. Their issues could be brought up and people could look for resolutions to their problems together. A common issue the disabled LGBTQ+ community faces is unemployment. Through the Disability Pride Month, the community and activists can come together to highlight issues faced by the disabled LGBTQ+ community and then find solutions for them.
What are some initiatives or organizations that support the intersection of disability rights and LGBTQ+ advocacy?
STAR, also known as Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries is an organization based out of New York. The rights of disabled people are one of their focuses, and they look our for members of the trans community that are disabled.
Kenny Fries is also known as a gay and disability rights activist, aside from being a poet. He was born with legs that were twisted and short, and had to overcome the harsh opinions of his own family from an early age. Connie Panzarino used to be an activist. She was a disabled lesbian who lived with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She would found Beechwood, which was a communal space where disabled women could live and thrive.
She worked on disability right and Pride and headed several disability rights bodies during her life.