FYI: as a gimp, i am actually NOT obligated to attend events/spaces because you “went out of your way” to get a w/c accessible space. I AM NOT THE ONLY GIMP IN TOWN. If the point of you getting an accessible space isn’t simply to increase access to your event for more community members, then YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG, OK?
Do you know how many times i’ve heard this same refrain over the years? How many times my friends have heard it too? Well let me tell you, it’s a lot. When i have conversations with people putting on events, i talk about accessibility. When or if they end up deciding to go with a wheelchair accessible space as part of that accessibility, i am almost guaranteed to be expected to show up, as though i owe organizers a pat on the goddamn back, or my money, or my gratitude (ew) for doing what they should be doing anyways. And if i don’t show up, anything i had to say on the matter is tossed out the window, because i must just be some whiner, some complainer, who doesn’t actually do anything of use. Well fuck that.
Do you think disabled folks owe you something (including gratitude) for your stepping up and getting an accessible space? Well let me tell you right now: WE DAMN WELL DO’NT.
Let me repeat:
If the point of you getting an accessible space isn’t simply to increase access to your event for more community members, then YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG, OK?