Rooted in Rights stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ and Latinx LGBTQ communities in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
This month, we discuss disability as an identity that intersects with other identities, and what that means for individuals with disabilities. We are joined by two guests who are a part of both the community of people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community – Ellen Forney and Jennifer Restle. We chose to focus on individuals with disabilities who have experiences navigating queer identities in particular because June is the month many cities celebrate their LGBTQ communities through pride events.
Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.