Photo credit: Jennifer Durham
is about a woman, Mara, realizing that she needs a community — other disabled people — that doesn't exist yet. It's about how she finds her people and then begins to discover and shape a new culture.
"I need it, so I'll have to build it" is where the queer community began in the ’60s and the feminist community in the ’70s. Both accelerated in the ’80s. The HIV+ community did it in the ’80s and ’90s. The disabled community is doing it right now.
Having no established community to lean on in times of need is terrible; it is alienating, Othering, and enraging. Finally finding your people and beginning to create a life, a history, a path, plan, and sense of purpose together, though? That is blazing joy...