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Contact Maayan: ms.msimon at gmail.com
My mission is to teach about pain as an intersectional social justice issue and implement grassroots strategies to stop prejudiced treatment and marginalization of people with chronic pain conditions.
Pursuing this Pain Activism & Education mission is an aspiration that has been close to my heart for many years and I am excited to be realizing this vision. I have chronic pain/pain disease, autoimmune, musculoskeletal, and depression and anxiety disabilities. My experiences contending with grief, isolation/rejection, fear, anger, shame and hurt as a person in pain are what motivate me to speak out about and examine how pain is currently addressed. My purpose is to change how we think about pain to increase empowerment and shift the shaming attitudes and perceptions about pain.
I am published in The Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Issues in Education: Programs, Policies, and Practices and The Journal of LGBTQ Youth. My previous professional background is in grassroots development strategy and fundraising for social justice and civil rights nonprofits. A partial list of previous clients/employers includes:
- Colorado Progressive Coalition
- InterACT - Advocates for intersex youth (formerly Advocates for Informed Choice)
- Sins Invalid
- West County Health Centers
My queer-feminist-fat-disabled-Jewish identity is central to all of my work. I am committed to fat/body positivity, disability empowerment and hold strong transgender, genderqueer, and intersex activist values. Visit my website to read more about my experiences with pain and check out my writings.
North Bay Bohemian, September 2017: Unshame the Pain
Blog series: Claiming the Multidimensionality of Pain
Maayan is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, videoconference (video and voice or voice-only)