Shelby “Lhonaen” McMillan

An effeminately presenting human being with bright red lipstick, short hair, a nose ring and a mischievous smile.
An effeminately presenting human being with bright red lipstick, short hair, a nose ring and a mischievous smile.

I am a 21-year-old disabled person who believes that this could be one of the most important movements of my young adult life to be a part of and show solidarity for. I’m afraid for our future under this new regime, and now more than ever, we need one another. For the women, people of color, disabled folks, LGBT community, Muslim and other religious communities, and honestly, for the good of all people… Now is the time we need to stand strong for each other and be heard. It is not within my ability to attend a physical march, as much as I would like to, between my body troubles with dystonia and chronic pain, and financial difficulties as a low-income homeless person with disabilities. However, I want to make it known where I “stand” with the people of our country, and offer what means of support I can. We need to protect what is important to us, and we can only do that if we stick together. Sending love, good vibes, and positivity to everyone.

I am an artist, an idealist, a support person, and an advocate for the peace and progress of all people. I personally struggle with mobility difficulties due to episodic paroxysmal dystonia affecting the left side of my body, which has impeded my ability to keep a “regular” job and attend school, chronic body pain, complex migraines, and asthma, in addition to multiple mental health issues. My disabilities are present and visible in every area of my life, from my everyday routines to my passion for art to my worldview and my values. I live for the idea that even in some small way, I can positively touch the lives of others. To see my artwork, to reach out for support, or just to chat, I can be found across several social media sites under the ID “Lhonaen”. Thank you all for speaking out with me and showing your support.

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