I was born with a connective tissue disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and bad legs/hips – my hips were too vertical (a.k.a. coxa valga) and my femurs were anteverted, or rotated inward. I have had to put my schooling on hold for two years to correct my leg deformities, just to keep my hips in place and allow me to walk again. I march because I just as easily could have been born a racial minority, a person with nonbinary gender identity or sexual orientation, into a family with little to no resources, into a community with poor infrastructure, and/or with an even more debilitating genetic illness. I am no less capable intellectually, emotionally, or socially than an able-bodied person, and I deserve the same rights, opportunities, love, and respect that able-bodied (or rich, or male) people do. Our differences make us unique; they give us perspective. The day we stop caring for one another is the day all hope for a better future is lost. I march for social and income equality and RESPECT for all citizens, for all people.
I am a 23-year-old from Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated from Union College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. I am an aspiring clinical psychologist and am currently in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs (and going to physical therapy – forever going to physical therapy).