Facing Power, Option 1

“Panel Discussion: Non-Monogamy & Disability”

Panelists will discuss their experiences of navigating non-monogamy spaces and culture as people with disabilities. We will explore what it would look like to apply a disability justice framework to our relationships and conversations about non monogamy. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of panelists at the end.

Panel Facilitator: Carrie Kaufman (she/her)

Panelists: Terri Lynne Hudson (she/her), Fulani Thrasher (she/her), Zaynab Shahar (she/her)


Terri Lynne Hudson is an actor, improviser, performance artist and disability activist living and working in Chicago. She has been polyamorous for over 15 years and has been an event organizer and peer advisor in Austin, TX and Chicago’s polyamory communities.

Fulani Thrasher is a black femme movement based artist artist, film maker, and actor in Chicago. She uses her body to create dynamic visual moments that capture her many selves and new characters. Within her work she focuses on collective memories as a vehicle for story telling and tending to the spirit of their younger self. Her experiences with mental illness and mental wellness is central to all of her work.

Zaynab Shahar is black queer fat femme and cane wielding crip living in Chicago. She divides her time between academic research, writing, and faith-rooted cultural work. Currently she is a doctoral student at Chicago Theological Seminary. Her research focuses on comparative jurisprudence (Jewish and Islamic law), queer-feminist hermeneutics, and decolonial/critical theory. Outside of academic her faith-rooted cultural work centers on combating anti-blackness in Muslim communities, spiritual education for inclusive LGBTQ Muslim spaces, and interfaith prison abolition efforts. Her thoughts on living into an anti-oppression ethos of non-monogamy have been featured in Autostraddle, Poly Role Models, and Black Girl Dangerous

Carrie Kaufman is a queer femme, physically disabled, white Jewish activist and artist. Her painting, writing, and modeling focus on the intersections of sex and sexuality and disability as well as intimacy and healing from trauma.  She works with a collective of disabled activists facilitating workshops and curriculum to help organizations include disability and create more accessibility across the board. She is a member of the Chicago chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, a Palestinian solidarity organization and she is a board member of Project Fierce Chicago, an organization creating housing for LGBTQ young adults.

Image description: In the first picture, Teri is looking straight ahead; she is wearing a blue shirt and has dark, straight hair just past her shoulders. In the second picture, Fulani is looking into the camera; she is a black femme wearing a shirt with flowers on it, a black choker, and red lipstick, and her hair is short and dark with light blonde tips. In the third picture, Zaynab, a black femme, is smiling and looking into the camera. She has long, curly dark hair, is wearing a dark blue shirt, and is holding a coffee mug. In the fourth picture, Carrie is looking into the camera; she is a white femme wearing silver hoop earrings a red shirt, and red lipstick, and she has short, curly dark blonde hair. She is in front of a white background with green, leafy plant vines.

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