Lydia X. Z. Brown (Autistic Hoya) is creating writing and projects on disability justice and radical inclusion
21

patrons

$67
per month
Since I was a junior in high school, I have been deeply invested and grounded in autistic, neurodiversity, and disability movements and communities. My work is somewhere in the middle of where disability rights and disability justice crash into each other. I am an organizer, advocate, and activist committed to intersectional struggles for life, love, and freedom with/for disabled people at multiple margins. As an autistic and multiply-disabled, queer, agender/nonbinary/genderqueer trans, East Asian transracial and transnational adoptee of color, this work is often about my own survival and refusal to disappear quietly. I'm also a person with quite a bit of privilege, as a U.S. citizen fluent in English, college educated, raised with access to middle and upper-middle class resources, and from an intensely Christian background on Turtle Island, or what most call the United States of America. But even in spaces my privilege has gotten me into, I, like most marginalized folks who have the audacity to simply exist, have survived more trauma and abuse than anyone should ever have to.

In the years since I became an accidental advocate, I have published work in many scholarly and community publications, but more importantly, I took the lead in visioning, curating, and creating All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism (Lydia X. Z. Brown, E. Ashkenazy, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, DragonBee Press, 2017), the first-ever anthology of art and writing by autistic people of color and other negatively racialized autistic people. I've done quite a bit to push for real access, radical inclusion, and justice that does not rely on the state, law, or institutions to save us -- you can read about much of my public work at my portfolio. You may have read my work on my blog Autistic Hoya, which first began as a tiny corner of the internet to share my rambling ideas with a few friends and whichever classmates or family members I could convince to read something.

Your support helps me keep creating writing and projects that support and sustain many folks in communities and many folks isolated from community spaces too. Outside my public-facing work, like speaking and publications, I am constantly doing on-the-ground direct support and mutual aid work, spanning multiple states and sometimes countries, most of which I rarely if ever discuss in public, but all of which costs me significant time, energy, and money that I usually don't have. Supporting me will help me support many others, directly and indirectly, and will also allow you exclusive content to developing ideas, new blog posts in the making, and perhaps even updates about my fiction (my true heart and passion, going back to my toddler years). Thank you for considering supporting me here!
Tiers
meep /ᐠ。‸。ᐟ\ノ
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
I will tweet thanks to you by name and/or twitter handle when I receive your pledge! (Make sure to send your twitter handle to me)
meow? ก₍⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎ค
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
You get access to patron-only content here! That may be updates on new and planned work, blog posts in development, and video or audio.
mrrrowwww ¯\_₍⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎_/¯
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
I write you a personalized email thanking you for your support! Plus the exclusive content and the tweeted thanks.
purrrr ₍⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You get a specific writing or art project (short blog under 1000 words on topic related to disability of your choice, or drawing featuring up to 3 humans of your choice -- real or fictional)
Goals
21 of 100 patrons
When I reach 100 patrons, I'll produce a special video (captioned, transcribed, and audio described, of course) on a new disability justice topic!
1 of 1
Since I was a junior in high school, I have been deeply invested and grounded in autistic, neurodiversity, and disability movements and communities. My work is somewhere in the middle of where disability rights and disability justice crash into each other. I am an organizer, advocate, and activist committed to intersectional struggles for life, love, and freedom with/for disabled people at multiple margins. As an autistic and multiply-disabled, queer, agender/nonbinary/genderqueer trans, East Asian transracial and transnational adoptee of color, this work is often about my own survival and refusal to disappear quietly. I'm also a person with quite a bit of privilege, as a U.S. citizen fluent in English, college educated, raised with access to middle and upper-middle class resources, and from an intensely Christian background on Turtle Island, or what most call the United States of America. But even in spaces my privilege has gotten me into, I, like most marginalized folks who have the audacity to simply exist, have survived more trauma and abuse than anyone should ever have to.

In the years since I became an accidental advocate, I have published work in many scholarly and community publications, but more importantly, I took the lead in visioning, curating, and creating All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism (Lydia X. Z. Brown, E. Ashkenazy, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, DragonBee Press, 2017), the first-ever anthology of art and writing by autistic people of color and other negatively racialized autistic people. I've done quite a bit to push for real access, radical inclusion, and justice that does not rely on the state, law, or institutions to save us -- you can read about much of my public work at my portfolio. You may have read my work on my blog Autistic Hoya, which first began as a tiny corner of the internet to share my rambling ideas with a few friends and whichever classmates or family members I could convince to read something.

Your support helps me keep creating writing and projects that support and sustain many folks in communities and many folks isolated from community spaces too. Outside my public-facing work, like speaking and publications, I am constantly doing on-the-ground direct support and mutual aid work, spanning multiple states and sometimes countries, most of which I rarely if ever discuss in public, but all of which costs me significant time, energy, and money that I usually don't have. Supporting me will help me support many others, directly and indirectly, and will also allow you exclusive content to developing ideas, new blog posts in the making, and perhaps even updates about my fiction (my true heart and passion, going back to my toddler years). Thank you for considering supporting me here!

Recent posts by Lydia X. Z. Brown (Autistic Hoya)

Tiers
meep /ᐠ。‸。ᐟ\ノ
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
I will tweet thanks to you by name and/or twitter handle when I receive your pledge! (Make sure to send your twitter handle to me)
meow? ก₍⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎ค
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
You get access to patron-only content here! That may be updates on new and planned work, blog posts in development, and video or audio.
mrrrowwww ¯\_₍⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎_/¯
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
I write you a personalized email thanking you for your support! Plus the exclusive content and the tweeted thanks.
purrrr ₍⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You get a specific writing or art project (short blog under 1000 words on topic related to disability of your choice, or drawing featuring up to 3 humans of your choice -- real or fictional)