November is a time when we focus on gratitude and appreciating the good things in our lives. I’m going to write a longer post about gratitude next week, when things are (hopefully) not piled as high on my virtual desk.
This week, I want to share a blog post from Mia Mingus, a writer, educator and community organizer who identifies as as a queer physically disabled woman of color. Mia reflects on the rare experience of “access intimacy.” Simply put, access intimacy is “that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else ‘gets’ your access needs.” While it can be confused with other forms of intimacy, it is distinct, and can arise between strangers. When we live in a world where our access needs are often ignored, or met only after a struggle, finding someone who provides appropriate access in an organic way can be a true treasure. I try to intentionally feel gratitude for those moments.
Access Intimacy: The Missing Link
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