Stella young was a comedian and disabled rights activist who lived her life on two wheels. Granted, her two wheels are attached to a different style of frame than mine and are part of an object called a wheelchair instead of a bicycle, but they served the same purpose, bringing us freedom and joy. In fact, Stella’s emotions about her wheelchair mirror my own about my bicycle, here are her words:
“I’ve had five wheelchairs in my lifetime and I’ve loved each one as much as the last…We are liberated by our chairs. They give us the freedom to be who we are, and we love them for it.”
I am greatly saddened by the news that she has unexpectedly died – without a doubt this is a huge loss to the world at large. Her Ted talk, watched by almost 1.5million people to date, is about how being disabled doesn’t make you exceptional or inspirational. She might be right about her disability not making her these things, but there is no question that Stella was an exceptional and inspirational human being. She was exceptional because she saw recognised so much of the b*llshit the world threw at her and she will continue to be inspirational because she communicated her observations and opinions with such great clarity and wit. Thanks Stella.
Asphyxia, who runs the Etsy shop FixiesShelf, has come up a tribute to Stella that really resonates with me, so I wanted to share it with you. She is selling postcards with a stamped graphic of Stella that she designed, pictured above, and the proceeds of the sales are being donated to Domestic Violence Victoria.
Vale Stella Young.