Accessible spaces for individuals who are marginalized–who are subjected to abuse on many levels–symbolize an opening, a release, freedom. An open space is an open embrace. For those of us who live on the margins of the margins, who have to fight to prove our existences, who are excluded from movements, who are subjected to abuse in the form of isolation, having access to spaces means having access to community–to connection–to existence.
When we make spaces accessible, when we build movements based on inclusion—we are acknowledging that each person is inherently valuable and our existence is beautiful and necessary.
Creating accessible spaces means acknowledging that connection is necessary—that community is necessary–that our culture has been built on the myth of separateness—the lie of disconnection. We must move from independence to interdependence in order to transform society.