“Resisting Ableism, Queering Desirability” is a joint special issue from Kohl Journal and the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN). It stems from a collaboration that started with Kohl and DAWN co- facilitating a workshop titled “Ableism in Queer Communities: (Re)Queering Desirable Bodies and Minds” at the first LBQ Women’s Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2019. This issue is shaped by the contributions and collective thinking of our workshop participants and our communities, to whom we feel deeply connected in power and gratitude.
We can medicalize my mother as we have medicalized me in the past but will that be enough for her to recognize the toxicity she directed towards me throughout my life in order to both negate and substantiate my being? Will it be enough for me to forgive her?
In this essay I am going to reflect on the intersections of these seemingly disparate interests of mine – sexuality, disability and happiness. This is where the personal becomes the political, where a deeply private experience is translated into sociological imagination, where the activist and the scholar in me merge into a single self.
Resuming segregated schooling only furthered social exclusion and neglect – these were sustained and disguised in the semblance of routine before the pandemic, and will continue in other ways beyond it. Resuming business as usual means callously continuing a system that fosters both vulnerability and marginalization.