Katy Keene

Standing in a parking lot, a white, plus size, feminine woman with dark hair pulled back into a ponytail, wearing square brown framed glasses. She is wearing bright red lipstick, a blue cardigan, a navy blue skirt with white polka dots and a 70s style white shirt with a blue collar that has an illustration of 3 women running in yellow, red, and blue. The shirt says in large yellow letters underneath the women running, “Women,” and the text below in red letters says, “you can’t beat em!” Visible in the upper left part is an “I Voted” sticker. She is smiling and pointing to her shirt with the first fingers of each hand.
I am joining the Disability March because as a physically disabled woman, I am unable to march in person. I march in protest of a man who did not win the popular vote and who I do NOT consider to be my President. I march for those who cannot. I march to protest and end the mistreatment and abuse of women, people of color, the LGTBQIA community (ESPECIALLY the trans, agender and non-binary communities,) sexual assault survivors, domestic abuse survivors, the poor, those with mental illness, the elderly, the incarcerated victims of an unfair justice system, Muslims, undocumented immigrants, indigenous people in our country and all over the world,  atheists and other non-Christians, and those who live with visible and invisible disabilities. I march because even though I am a member of many marginalized groups, I have a duty as a person with white privilege to speak up and be a voice for those who can’t and more importantly to stand up and make space for others. I march because BLACK LIVES MATTER! I march because TRANS RIGHTS MATTER! I march because DISABLED LIVES MATTER! There are those who wish that we were dead and/or silent. I will not be silenced. I will speak my truth loudly and proudly in the face of fear, violence, and hatred. I stand against fascism, hatred, and discrimination. But most importantly, I march to fulfill a promise to
my two children to make the world a better place and to create a future where people have the freedom to be themselves.
Katy Keene is a 30-something feminist queer femme punk and a former journalist/editor. She helped edit and was interviewed for Rebel Moms: The Off-Road Map for the Off-Road Mom. She is the proud mother of two children who question authority and think for themselves. When she isn’t smashing the patriarchy or more accurately, shaking her cane at it, she volunteers for Girls Rock, an organization which empowers young women through music.  Most of the time she can be found expressing her love language, sarcasm, and groaning at bad puns with her partner Rob.

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