“I take risks by acting out of love và a framework of intersectionality. I listen, I speak up, I show up, I am vulnerable và I dream. I practice living by the quote: speak truth, even if your voice shakes.”

Ki’tay D. Davidson’s legacy continues reverberatethrough the Disability community & all communities he connected with. Ki’tay passed away in 2014. Some five years have sầu passed & we still feel his presence, rememberhis love sầu lessons, and are deeply honored lớn share parts of his legacy this Pride month.

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Ki’tay was the co-creator of the hashtag #DisabilitySolidarity, & called a ‘Champion of Change for embodying the next generation of leadership within the disability community & his commitment to lớn the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.’

His partner, Talila “TL” Lewis, called hlặng a ‘Revolutionary Champion of Love’ writing that he was:

The voice of affirmation when you weren’t quite sure of your self worth, dignity or beauty.The voice of love sầu & justice within institutions & organizations rife with oppression & violence.The voice of his chất lượng brand of Blaông xã Trans Disabled innovation when all others were frozen with fear or frozen in traditions, religion or ritual.
“I challenge the extent khổng lồ which we place the responsibility for advocacy on those designated as leaders or ‘champions.’ Advocacy is not just for charismatic individuals or high protệp tin community organizers. Advocacy is for all of us; advocacy is a way of life. It is a natural response to lớn the injustices and inechất lượng in the world. While you & I may not have sole responsibility for these inequities that does not alter its reality.”From ‘Championing Our Communities: An Open Letter’

Kitay was committed lớn racial justice, gender justice, disability justice, and trans liberation, aao ước others. He worked tirelessly khổng lồ create a wold that was more just for everyone.

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He intentionally centered people và communities who are most marginalized by & in our society.

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“I want to believe sầu in peace. I want to lớn believe we can unlearn violence và affirm our interdependency. I dream of a community of lovers, who navigate pain, joy, laughter và grief together, collectively & with care; experiencing endless beauty. I think I am dreaming of a modern day heaven, or perhaps I am dreaming of the good we were meant to lớn be.” from ‘Why I Quit Philanthropy’

Learn more about Ki’tay through his writing:

The misrepresentation of our community hurts everyone — not just the vulnerable. Certainly, policies that fail to represent the needs of all or advocacy that ignores intersectionality facilitates exclusion, poverty, và oppression–lớn name a few. However, it also hurts those with institutional power by re-entrenching the system we are trying to fight against. It hurts our legitimacy & demolishes our ability to lớn fight the bigger cause và the larger issue– the injustice experienced by all people. From: Reframing History and Reimagining Our Future

“The world will remember his name và ever feel his love sầu, light and laughter.”

From Ki’tay’s Memorial Page

These photos & quotes, created by Talila “TL” Lewis, have sầu been repurposed from the năm 2016 #Justice2050 Twitter Storm- Honoring Ki’tay’s legacy through collective dreaming about what our world can look like by by 2050. As with all YO! Disabled & Proud images online, the photos are described in alternative text text, however more detailed and personal image descriptions can be found at the #Justice2050: Ki’tay Truths Facebook album.