Trans-centered disability liberation

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss a framework of disability issues in the trans community from a progressive and radical intersectional lens. Speakers in this workshop are disabled activists experienced in bringing this lens to the trans and disability movements.

Intended audience(s)

Trans people with disabilities and allies who are interested in disability.

About the presenters

Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán, J.D.

Victoria is the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Particular areas of expertise and focus are the intersections of issues affecting transgender people with disabilities and mental illness, anti- trans workplace discrimination and gun violence prevention from a social justice lens. She has been in trans advocacy the entirety of her adult life, including advocacy in Puerto Rico and in Maine.

Lydia X. Z. Brown, Esq.

I do a lot of varied work in grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, and writing focused on disability justice, intersectionality, and activism. (Here's a link to my full "professional"-seeming bio.) Right now, I'm the chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (which makes me seem a lot more professional than I probably actually am) while suffering through a special hell known generally to the public as law school (which is definitely a privilege that I'm there, but doesn't make it suck less), and pulling together the first-ever anthology by autistics of color.

Ma'ayan Anafi

As an NCTE policy counsel, Ma’ayan works to strengthen and preserve nondiscrimination protections for transgender communities. Ma'ayan is a co-author of the groundbreaking report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Ma'ayan obtained a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Toronto and is a proud parent to two rambunctious cats named Bunny and Squeak.

Talila Lewis

For over a decade, Talila has been entrenched in anti-violence, decarceration & prison abolition work that highlights and addresses the nexus between race, class, disability and structural inequity--focusing in particular, on people with multiply marginalized identities. As one of the only people in the world working on deaf wrongful conviction cases, Talila regularly presents at universities; testifies before legislative & regulatory bodies; and trains members of congress, attorneys, and law enforcement about this and other disability-related topics.