Today marks 30 years since the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law which was designed to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life including jobs, schools, and transportation. People living with HIV are also protected from discrimination by the ADA.
Our community knows too well what the importance of legal protection means. Even 30 years after the passage of the ADA, more work is needed to ensure that people with disabilities, including LGBTQ2S+ people with disabilities, have full and equal access in society. An estimated 3-5 million LGBTQ2S+ people have disabilities. We must fight for disability rights if we want full lived equality for all queer people.
Disability rights are human rights. Human rights are LGBTQ2S+ rights.