I SPOKE at an AIDS conference not long ago, and after the talk, someone asked me how I had contracted H.I.V. “Well,” I replied, “sexually.” Staring at my crutches, which I have used since I got polio as a child, she exclaimed, “But how?”
On the credenza in Marca Bristo’s sunny downtown Access Living office are a Barbie doll in a wheelchair, a photograph of one of Bristo’s two grown children and awards for her equal rights work on behalf of people with disabilities.
People with developmental disabilities who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning are often hidden within the larger LGBT community, and that’s something one local organization wants to change.
Zarifa Roberson was supposed to be taking a break from studying for the law school admissions exam, clearing her head with a stop at a Barnes & Noble near her home in Philadelphia. Soon enough, the break turned into another project, a project that has now entered a new phase in Baltimore.