Ellen writes on queerness, gender, feminism, mental health, autism, disability, digital content & entertainment. She is available for commission.
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Until we’re allowed to tell our own stories, others will continue to tell them based on myths and false assumptions
Huffington Post Opinion
Over the past few years, I have often asserted that those who criticise me for trying to change the world are the ones who have a vested interest in the world staying the same. With an issue as huge as climate change, where the problems lie not just in that of individuals, but in a system where political, social and economic revolution is needed, is it any surprise that a teenage girl whose message poses a threat to that is being personally attacked?
Perhaps you think that your workplace is already supportive of your LGBTQ+ staff and, whilst this might be the case, there are always ways to improve the situation. Oftentimes, safeguarding and uplifting LGBTQ+ people stops at what we in the community would consider the bare minimum: calling people by the correct pronouns, for example, or not outing people without their consent. Organisations need to wake up to the fact that their work supporting LGBTQ+ people is not done; it has just started.
I have not, like Hannah, created a comedy career out of my trauma. Granted, I am only nineteen, so there is still plenty of time. But I have, on so many occasions, packaged my pain into easily digestible one-liners. Often, it has been easier to make jokes about being a lesbian than it was to be a lesbian, simpler to be a punchline than a punching-bag.
Large swathes of LGBTQ+ folks, sex workers and fat activists in particular are to be effectively forced off the site after years of community building. The very people to whom Tumblr owes its success as a platform are being disregarded in a move which is so demonstrably antithetical to its founding belief that anyone should be able to publish online content.
You can’t tell whether a person is autistic or not by looking at them. Even those of us who are diagnosed but do not fit the stereotypes of our condition struggle to be seen as valid. In a society where 28% of autistic people have been asked to leave a public space because of behaviours associated with being autistic, it is imperative that we foster an understanding of what autism looks like and build inclusive spaces, understanding that people like myself and Anne may not respond to situations in the ways we have been socialised to expect.