Freak Manifesto

All marginalized people who have ever been categorized by society as "freaks" should stand together in solidarity with one-another.

This includes, but is not limited to, people who are
Transgender, Intersex, Physically disabled, Mentally disabled, Disfigured, Fat, People of Color (especially Black and Indigenous people), Mentally unstable, Psychotic, Homeless, Gay, and all our intersectionalities.

We have historically been subjected to medical abuse, public ridicule, exploitation, genocide and systemic poverty. We have also found love, joy and pride with each other and ourselves.

None of us will be free until all of us are free. I am urging all Freaks to support each other across identities and life experiences. Racism, Fatphobia, Ableism, and the like, is not acceptable in any of our spaces. If you see bigotry or ignorance in yourself, you have the power to grow and learn, as do I.

Not every person will be comfortable reclaiming the term "freak". This has been meaningful terminology for me, but I encourage others to find their own way to express this same idea. The point is not in the words themselves, but in the message behind them.

The header and button image come from the 1932 movie "Freaks" by Tod Browning.

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