I first met and organized with Lynx in 2013, in the context of working to centre trans communities within the academic industrial complex. They played a pivotal leadership role in a space that specifically excludes and silences Black disabled trans folks, and they modelled a way to be and feel and reflect while surviving the institution.
In the years since, I have had the great honour of sharing time with Lynx in a mix of spaces, and also being able to bear witness to the breadth of their work, which is always about building trust and community. Whether sharing powerful poetics or social commentary in Brampton, amplifying through social media the unique experiences of folks with intersectional identities or celebrating the brilliance of collaboration, Lynx provides a grounding presence in community.
Bringing a unique perspective from the suburbs to their work is something I most appreciate about Lynx – challenging the narratives about QTBIPOC folks from the 905 while also honouring the reasons people don’t leave (or can’t). They deeply believe in the possibilities, in our communities, in building, in art and in deep social justice especially in the suburban context. I’m honoured to know Lynx, and I’m honoured to support their important work. They are so damn talented and they are incredibly generous.
Organizer of QTBIPOC Sauga, Independent Consultant & Community Agitator
“I invited Lynx to participate on a panel in October 2015 at Ryerson University that focused on the career trajectory of people with disabilities with an equity lens. Lynx was a delight to work with and the perspective they presented was invaluable. Lynx presented a genuine story of an artist working and surviving on the margins who is passionate about disability advocacy. Lynx is a skilled public speaker, who stays true to the many limitations they face as someone who is sick and disabled. Lynx also successfully and tactfully challenged ideas of white privilege and connected well with students in the audience who subsequently commended their presentation via the feedback forms. I look forward to working with Lynx again, as soon as the opportunity arises.”
Heather Kere Quelleng
Declining the tendency to use online platforms to disembody and silence points of difference, Lynx is a multimedium artists, educator and activists whose online work and social media presence draws critical attention to intersections of disability justice, class, chronic pain, Blackness, non-binary gender fluidity and survival. Lynx bridges radical grassroots organizing and digital activism — in ways that are embodied, disruptive and very necessary!
Labour educator and digital strategist
“I had the pleasure of hearing the brilliance of [Lynx’s] words during Black Futures and was blown away. It’s not just that [Lynx is] an incredible critical thinker and speaker but I also felt energized and inspired at the end of the night. I felt like a different type of future was possible and it felt like the steps to get there were happening that night. We were going to live to see a new reality.”
Writer and co-founder of Pages on Fire