Lydia X. Z. Brown

Speaker Profile

Lydia Brown

Lydia X. Z. Brown
Holley Law Fellow
The National LGBTQ Task Force
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Lydia X. Z. Brown is a genderqueer east asian autistic activist, writer, and speaker whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They have worked to advance transformative change through organizing in the streets, writing legislation, conducting anti-ableism workshops, testifying at regulatory and policy hearings, and disrupting institutional complacency everywhere from the academy to state agencies and the nonprofit-industrial complex. Lydia is a 2016 Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Lydia is also TASH New England co-president, Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council chairperson, and an Autism Women's Network board member. Lydia is the lead editor of All the Weight of Our Dreams, an anthology by autistic people of color. Their work has been featured in various publications, including Criptiques, Torture in Healthcare Settings, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, Tikkun, Black Girl Dangerous, hardboiled magazine, POOR Magazine, and the Washington Post.