Bright Spots: Anti-Ableism

written on 09 October 2020 by Indy Hollway & Erin Iwata

Art by Brandon Heim

This week we heard stories and poetry from Debbie and Candice. Both are people with disabilities. Candice is also identifies transgender. Each week, we hope these stories leave you with a perspective you might not have had before, deeper empathy, and curiosity that propels you forward to your own growth and curiosity. We recognize that encountering different points of view can be uncomfortable. We want take Fridays to focus on the bright spots: resources and people that are doing something especially well with the topics we have touched on this week. Use this to further your journey into stories that are not often shared in the church:

Pacing Pixie

Pacing Pixie is an Instagrammer that explains all our ableist jargon and how we can move towards thinking more inclusively in regards to our bodies. Follow this positive, pixie dust queen as she navigates life with a disability.

New York Institute of Technology Library

The New York Institute of Technology Library creates guides that attempt to provide general information and a starting point to learning about anti-oppression, inclusion, and privilege, as well as provide knowledge and resources to key social justice issues. We especially liked their guide for ableism. Want to hear from more people with disabilities? Check out this Buzz Feed video on what people with disabilities wish able-bodied folks knew.

Is Disability Inherently Negative?

More of a podcast person? We learned a lot from the conversation between Dr. Hillary McBride and Heather McCain asking if disability is inherently negative. This conversation also further explained intersectionality with disability, and is just a very insightful listen.

True Colors Unite

True Colors Unite was co-founded by 80’s pop star Cyndi Lauper. They do extensive research and find solutions for homeless youth focused on the LGTBQ+ community. Their site is packed full of information and ideas to combat homelessness among LGTBQ+ youth. Go take a look!


We stumbled on one more story that addressed intersectional disability. Cori Frazer describe not being the "default disabled person." As you read this one, if you are a person who participates in a faith community, ask yourself how together can help break down the systems that cause trauma to people who Jesus loves and created. We found this piece on Raise, an organization that stands for the National Resources for Advocacy, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (Raise). They provide resources for youth with disabilities and their families.

The Q Center

The Q Center was recommended by our contributor this week, Candice. Q Centers can be found all over the United States. They provides support groups for people that identify as LGTBQ+ and their families. Candice found their Queer Bible Study especially enjoyable.