Disabled, Queer, and Trans: Radical Access

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wed, Nov. 29, 12-1 pm, 223 Appleby Hall, Featuring: Jay Wilson

The histories and current realities of ableism and gender/sexuality-based oppression are tangled together, as well as being deeply tangled with other oppression, especially racism, classism, sizism, and colonialism. Disabled people, identities, and experiences are central in the lives of many queer and trans communities, but structural and interpersonal ableism can limit access to community and resources. Queer and trans people are active in advocacy, activism, and leadership in disability communities, but often encounter gender/sexuality-based oppression from within and outside these communities. Come imagine with us how we can work together to build community by creating radical access together.

Come discuss ways that we can radically shift access around topics like:
• Stop spoon theft (energy vampires)
• Center the most marginalized
• Queer/Crip Space-Time Continuums
• Reconnecting and valuing our body/minds
• Valuing access for all and sorting through access conflicts

About the presenter: Jay Wilson works as an Access Consultant in Student Access at the Disability Resource Center, serves on the Leadership Team of the Critical Disability Studies Collaborative, and is a co-chair of TAAT. Jay is passionate about queer/trans disability community and has worked in a variety of advocacy, info and referring, counseling, and access facilitation roles in disability and queer community. Jay identifies as genderqueer, trans, physically disabled, autistic, diabetic for 29 years, neurodivergent, queer, ace-spectrum, white, and works with a service dog. Out of work, Jay co-founded and leads the ADAPT MN disability activism chapter and enjoys gardening and hiking. 

For disability or service requests, contact or call 612.6250537

If you have any additional quesitons about QueerX or are wanting to livestream the event, you can visit the website ( or email!

Single stall all-gender restrooms are available in Appleby Hall on the Garden Level, room 31 and on the first floor in room 131.

Limited metered parking is available in front of and behind Appleby Hall. The nearest parking garage is the Weisman Art Museum; disability parking and accessible elevators available. Take elevator to floor 1R (Campus). Twin Cities Campus Access Map PDF ( provides more detail on disability accessibility.

Many students and staff have adverse reactions to chemicals and scents. In an effort to be responsive to people's needs, we ask that all participants who attend the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans life’s events join us in the following:
- Use unscented hair and body products
- Avoid using cologne and/or perfume
- Air out dry-cleaned clothes before wearing
- Use low-odor or no-odor markers

Queer X is an educational initiative of the GSC, which will deliver critically important topics and conversations that impact the LGBTQIA Community. This year's line-up will cover a wide range of LGBTQIA-centered topics and will be available to live stream as well as view online here after each event. Anyone is welcome to attend!


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