Who's at the Table? The Homogenization of Crip Queers in Decision-Making and Policy-Making Processes

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Godin-Jacques, Chloee
Activism , Crip , Crip Theory , Critical Disability Theory , CRPD , Disability Justice , Queerness , Queer Theory
The ways that disabled persons are represented in mainstream media, as well as political and social institutions, are shifting. A significant contributor has been the field of critical disability studies, in which disabled persons are viewed through intersectional lenses instead of hegemonic ones. It brings forth discussions that would otherwise remain silenced by dominant narratives – but the marginalization of disabled persons still prevails, particularly within the realms of sexuality. There is an evident intersection between disability and sexuality, and while more scholars are taking it up, there remains a gap in literature that readily addresses it. Disabled persons are accordingly being portrayed as non-sexual. In instances where their sexuality is acknowledged, they are frequently deemed as heterosexual – which omits the realities of individuals who experience intersectional key dimensions of marginalization, such as disability and sexuality. Individuals self-identifying as crip queers experience further marginalization because they are readily excluded from decision-making and policymaking process. This is evident with the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol (OP). Crip queers are readily attempting to disrupt the ways that they are constantly portrayed through the means of organizing collective and social movements, such as Sins Invalid – a performative project centering intersectional experiences of disabled persons as well as members of other equity-seeking groups. Specifically, these movements are using various art platforms to exemplify accurate encounters of crip queers within contemporary society. In doing so they amplify struggles and triumphs that they readily experience to dismantle ableist beliefs and misconceptions perpetuated upon them.
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