LGBT+ME

The LGBT community has been part of my life since I was about thirteen. No, that wasn't the time I decided I identified as LGBT, but the time I began learning about what it encompassed. Trust me, when your best friend leaves for highschool and comes home to tell you she's a lesbian after always…

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

Yes, I went there. Why? Because sex and disability is another one of those topics kept hushed up unnecessarily. Despite its prominence in modern music and culture, it's often avoided around those with disabilities. We go to doctors offices where they look at our family when asking those questions, or avoid eye contact at all.…

Ladies’ Choice

When I was in high school, I wrote a research paper about abortion. More specifically, it discussed the possibility of eradicating disability by using genetic tests to identify and abort babies who would be born different. As a young girl with disabilities, the idea that a mother would kill their unborn child because they found…

World Awesome, Er Autism Day

No, I’m not wearing blue, or lighting things blue, or giving a damn about the color blue with autism speaks. Number one, they don’t truly support the people they claim to serve and number two, I wouldn’t be able to identify the color blue if I tripped over it. I will however fully support this…

Stars Align

It’s another Thursday at work, coming straight home to a quiet house afterwords, but it’s also valentines day, and I’m celebrating. I’m not getting chocolate, or flowers, or a fancy dinner, and that’s okay; it’s all material and money spent. Besides, I’ve got something better. I’ve got someone to love, and be loved by. Someone…

Dwarfism Awareness Q&A

The fact that I have two disabilities means I walk the line between two communities. Often people in one don’t know how the other integrates into my life. So, with October being dwarfism awareness day, I thought I’d pose a Q and A session to facebook and see what people want to know. How tall…

Living, Loving, Learning: Leilani’s Letter

What is it like to grow up with two moms and a brother? I never had two parents nor did I have siblings, but in a way, I guess I did. Afterall, my earliest memories mostly consist of you, aunt Leilani, and my cousin, Austin. I remember trecking through the airport heading to see grandpa,…