Celebrate Pride Month with TCC

Happy Pride Month! During the month of June, we are celebrating all of our LGBTQ Associates, staff, and supporters.

As an organization that is committed to advancing the inclusion of a group of historically marginalized individuals, adults with IDD, we find it essential to show solidarity and advocate for other communities who have faced discrimination and exclusion from society at large. And there’s a large overlap between these communities: about 25% of LGBTQ people have a disability.

​​​​​​​For that reason, we want to highlight one of our Associates and residents at Hamilton House, Elaine. Like many trans people, Elaine’s journey to accepting herself as a woman was a challenge, especially when she recognized there weren’t many people like her in her community because of both her gender and disability.

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Elaine, TCC Associate

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Elaine, TCC Associate

As a result, she struggled to find acceptance with some of her family and her peers. Elaine said, “It was difficult for some people to understand because of their conception of what gender is. I just try to be myself and not prove anything or feel like I owe an explanation. We accept that not every disability is visual – so how is this any different?”

While appearance doesn’t define a person, certain items might hold personal value, like clothing. For Elaine, one of the most gender-affirming things she ever did was express herself through a photoshoot. She said it made her feel, “in my own skin and just able to be happy to be myself. And the fact that I can do that enhanced my enjoyment of who I am.”

We hope we create a space at TCC where everyone is free to be their authentic selves. To all our Associates, staff, and supporters: we are proud of you. Thank you for all you do. 

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