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Lydia X. Z. Brown

All the Weight of Our Dreams
Literary Magazine Editor
Boston, Massachusetts

Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has focused on violence against disabled people in schools, institutions, prisons, and by police. They have especially worked to support disabled people at many margins, including people of color with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. They have worked to transform systems and change the culture through community organizing, public speaking, peer training, policy advocacy, and challenging the status quo. Lydia is the lead editor along with Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and E. Ashkenazy of All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology by autistic people of color. Lydia's fiction debut was in "Open in Emergency," the Asian American Literary Review's special issue on Asian American mental health published in early 2017.

Lydia is a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University, where they designed and teach a course on disability and intersectional social movements. They are also a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Supports, which advocates for all people with disabilities to have full community integration and control over their services. They are part of the Autism Women’s Network board and the National Disability Leadership Alliance’s task force on racism in disability advocacy. Additionally, Lydia served as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council from 2015 to 2017. Lydia has been honored by the White House, Washington Peace Center, National Council on Independent Living, and Disability Policy Consortium. Their work has been featured in numerous community, academic, and news media, and they blog at Autistic Hoya.