“Some people may assume that you’re not there mentally, you know, you don’t have all your mental faculties. Like this weekend I was at a wedding, and this lady kinda baby-talked me, like, ‘Oh, I’m so glad you could make it.’ But I don’t fault them, because they don’t think of it. You really don’t think of it until you’re on the other side. Like, I would’ve done the same shit, you know? It’s just society’s perception of disabled people. But I take advantage of it, so I’m a piece of shit, too. I get into football games for free, got into Rock the Garden. I just go up to the ticker counter, like ‘Oh, my friends, they’re in 203, they said they’d meet (me).’ They’re like, ‘Allright, just bring your ticket down.’ Or I’ll just fly by going 6 miles an hour, and they’re just like, ‘Whatever, he’s in a chair.’ So there’s good and bad.”  Brian (audio:  http://bit.ly/1jXRGPv )

“Some people may assume that you’re not there mentally, you know, you don’t have all your mental faculties. Like this weekend I was at a wedding, and this lady kinda baby-talked me, like, ‘Oh, I’m so glad you could make it.’ But I don’t fault them, because they don’t think of it. You really don’t think of it until you’re on the other side. Like, I would’ve done the same shit, you know? It’s just society’s perception of disabled people. But I take advantage of it, so I’m a piece of shit, too. I get into football games for free, got into Rock the Garden. I just go up to the ticker counter, like ‘Oh, my friends, they’re in 203, they said they’d meet (me).’ They’re like, ‘Allright, just bring your ticket down.’ Or I’ll just fly by going 6 miles an hour, and they’re just like, ‘Whatever, he’s in a chair.’ So there’s good and bad.”

Brian (audio: http://bit.ly/1jXRGPv)

  “Any words of advice for people who are maybe a little depressed because of the weather today?”    “Don’t be. Don’t be depressed. What are you gonna do about it? Go out and enjoy it and freeze to death.”    Marion (audio here:   http://ow.ly/E4Tp8  )

“Any words of advice for people who are maybe a little depressed because of the weather today?”

“Don’t be. Don’t be depressed. What are you gonna do about it? Go out and enjoy it and freeze to death.”

Marion (audio here: http://ow.ly/E4Tp8)

 "We’re sisters."  Sidhra and Suheila

"We’re sisters."

Sidhra and Suheila

  “I’m a gymnast…That’s the most funnest thing I ever did in my life, is learn how to back flip. My dad used to take me over to his sister’s house, and we used to do back flips with my cousin John-John…And we used to get mattresses from, like, alleys and line them up in a field and flip on them, so we’d have more balance, and more spring, and support so we could do all types of flips. Fast, slow. And we’d have so much fun…”    Deverick (audio here:   http://ow.ly/DZ3G6  )

“I’m a gymnast…That’s the most funnest thing I ever did in my life, is learn how to back flip. My dad used to take me over to his sister’s house, and we used to do back flips with my cousin John-John…And we used to get mattresses from, like, alleys and line them up in a field and flip on them, so we’d have more balance, and more spring, and support so we could do all types of flips. Fast, slow. And we’d have so much fun…”

Deverick (audio here: http://ow.ly/DZ3G6)

  Ace grew up in Kansas, and attended a high school for the blind. He says he was the school’s poster child, because he got good grades and was involved with sports. He says he and his dog can make $250 per day panhandling in Las Vegas.

Ace grew up in Kansas, and attended a high school for the blind. He says he was the school’s poster child, because he got good grades and was involved with sports. He says he and his dog can make $250 per day panhandling in Las Vegas.

 “What’s your biggest strength as a person?”  “I think it’s positivity. I like to smile. I like to try to be positive and keep a really good outlook on things, and inspire others to be the same way.”  “Where do you think your positivity comes from?”  “Going through a lot of stuff. Not to sound ableist, because there are lots of people who cannot be positive no matter how hard they wanna be. But when you go through a lot of things, it really helps you have a perspective on what matters and what doesn’t.”  “Can you think of a time in your life when your positivity helped get you through?”  “Coming out to my parents, coming out to my family. Remaining positive with how some of them took that was really, really important for me…Lots of countries aren’t like the United States. Here, gay people can get married, and we have a Pride celebration every June. In other countries, that’s a crime that’s punishable oftentimes by death, or some other kind of imprisonment. So keeping that in the back of my mind knowing that that’s the culture, and that’s the country that my family comes from, in West Africa.”  Cynthia (audio:  http://bit.ly/1Q46hHM )

“What’s your biggest strength as a person?”

“I think it’s positivity. I like to smile. I like to try to be positive and keep a really good outlook on things, and inspire others to be the same way.”

“Where do you think your positivity comes from?”

“Going through a lot of stuff. Not to sound ableist, because there are lots of people who cannot be positive no matter how hard they wanna be. But when you go through a lot of things, it really helps you have a perspective on what matters and what doesn’t.”

“Can you think of a time in your life when your positivity helped get you through?”

“Coming out to my parents, coming out to my family. Remaining positive with how some of them took that was really, really important for me…Lots of countries aren’t like the United States. Here, gay people can get married, and we have a Pride celebration every June. In other countries, that’s a crime that’s punishable oftentimes by death, or some other kind of imprisonment. So keeping that in the back of my mind knowing that that’s the culture, and that’s the country that my family comes from, in West Africa.”

Cynthia (audio: http://bit.ly/1Q46hHM)

 At the Twin Cities Pride parade

At the Twin Cities Pride parade

 David and Julio, married since February: "We met on a website…He’s also my caregiver…I’ve recently been diagnosed with ALS…."  (Seen at Twin Cities Pride, audio  here )

David and Julio, married since February: "We met on a website…He’s also my caregiver…I’ve recently been diagnosed with ALS…."

(Seen at Twin Cities Pride, audio here)

  Missy, at Lyn Lake Street Festival

Missy, at Lyn Lake Street Festival

  Coci, Farhan, and Abdi, on Hennepin Avenue

Coci, Farhan, and Abdi, on Hennepin Avenue

 “I like to travel, that’s one of my biggest hobbies…so I try to meet people everywhere I go.”  “Do you travel by yourself?”  “Most of the time, which I don’t like it because it’s hard when I go to other countries. I really would love to find a travel companion, but it’s kind of hard. People think that I could be a burden or something, which is not true. I can take care of most of the stuff on my own, but…of course there’s some tougher stuff that will be a little more work, like  hiking on a really difficult trail, but other than that, I’m ok. I just have to be following the person…And it really depends on where I’m going…Hong Kong is really good for traveling on my own as a visually impaired person. I basically travel on my own the whole time. But for instance in China there is no where I can go on my own.”   “How is Hong Kong easier compared to China, what specifically?”  “They have sidewalks, traffic lights are very good, it’s laid out kind of like here. In China there’s no such thing as crosswalks. The lighting system is different, traffic lighting is different. And a lot of them there’s no streets, just dirt roads. So it just depends on what country, some countries are easier than others…I’ve been to Japan once, but I haven’t been to Tokyo. That’s where I wanna go, is Tokyo…”  Jessie (audio here:  http://ow.ly/GJLIO )

“I like to travel, that’s one of my biggest hobbies…so I try to meet people everywhere I go.”

“Do you travel by yourself?”

“Most of the time, which I don’t like it because it’s hard when I go to other countries. I really would love to find a travel companion, but it’s kind of hard. People think that I could be a burden or something, which is not true. I can take care of most of the stuff on my own, but…of course there’s some tougher stuff that will be a little more work, like hiking on a really difficult trail, but other than that, I’m ok. I just have to be following the person…And it really depends on where I’m going…Hong Kong is really good for traveling on my own as a visually impaired person. I basically travel on my own the whole time. But for instance in China there is no where I can go on my own.”

“How is Hong Kong easier compared to China, what specifically?”

“They have sidewalks, traffic lights are very good, it’s laid out kind of like here. In China there’s no such thing as crosswalks. The lighting system is different, traffic lighting is different. And a lot of them there’s no streets, just dirt roads. So it just depends on what country, some countries are easier than others…I’ve been to Japan once, but I haven’t been to Tokyo. That’s where I wanna go, is Tokyo…”

Jessie (audio here: http://ow.ly/GJLIO)

  "I don't smile."  Andrica  

"I don't smile."
Andrica
 

  Ikram, on Nicollet Mall

Ikram, on Nicollet Mall

 "Are you a couple?"  "Sometimes."

"Are you a couple?"

"Sometimes."

  Rick, in front of the Downtown Central Library

Rick, in front of the Downtown Central Library

  "What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?"    “If you be around 9 broke people, you’ll be the 10th broke person…”     Eddie

"What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?"

“If you be around 9 broke people, you’ll be the 10th broke person…” 

Eddie

  Anthony and Chula, at Lyn Lake Street Festival

Anthony and Chula, at Lyn Lake Street Festival

 Mrs. Glitzke

Mrs. Glitzke

  Eneliz and Valeria at Twin Cities Pride

Eneliz and Valeria at Twin Cities Pride

  Sylvia, on Nicollet Mall

Sylvia, on Nicollet Mall

  Johnny Dollar

Johnny Dollar

 "Keep on doing what you’re doing."  David

"Keep on doing what you’re doing."

David

  The lady on the right loved having her photo taken. Lady on the left, not so much.

The lady on the right loved having her photo taken. Lady on the left, not so much.

 Yazon (audio  here )

Yazon (audio here)

  She and her mother spoke very little English, so all I can tell you is her name is Shaydin.

She and her mother spoke very little English, so all I can tell you is her name is Shaydin.

  Jonica, Brian, and Pearl the Pug

Jonica, Brian, and Pearl the Pug

  A juggalo couple before the Twiztid concert at First Avenue nightclub

A juggalo couple before the Twiztid concert at First Avenue nightclub

 Andre

Andre

  Lamont, on Hennepin Avenue

Lamont, on Hennepin Avenue

  “She just turned one, December 4th.”     “What’s your favorite thing about Nico?”    “That I don’t have any kids and she’s my daughter…She’s cool, it’s a responsibility, you know. You want Dad to hold you for a while? It’s a nice responsibility, you know what I’m sayin’, raising a dog. They don’t talk back, no school clothes, or none of that stuff. Gimme a kiss, ok. Say ‘hi, lady,’ she’s a nice lady…”    Michael and Nico (audio here:  http://ow.ly/GPHL9 )

“She just turned one, December 4th.” 

“What’s your favorite thing about Nico?”

“That I don’t have any kids and she’s my daughter…She’s cool, it’s a responsibility, you know. You want Dad to hold you for a while? It’s a nice responsibility, you know what I’m sayin’, raising a dog. They don’t talk back, no school clothes, or none of that stuff. Gimme a kiss, ok. Say ‘hi, lady,’ she’s a nice lady…”

Michael and Nico (audio here: http://ow.ly/GPHL9)

 Rick

Rick

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  Alyssa, waiting for the bus

Alyssa, waiting for the bus

  Jason, contemplating whether to take the bus or walk home, on Nicollet Mall

Jason, contemplating whether to take the bus or walk home, on Nicollet Mall

 Michael

Michael

  Yu and Yabin with their dogs in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

Yu and Yabin with their dogs in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

 “Some people may assume that you’re not there mentally, you know, you don’t have all your mental faculties. Like this weekend I was at a wedding, and this lady kinda baby-talked me, like, ‘Oh, I’m so glad you could make it.’ But I don’t fault them, because they don’t think of it. You really don’t think of it until you’re on the other side. Like, I would’ve done the same shit, you know? It’s just society’s perception of disabled people. But I take advantage of it, so I’m a piece of shit, too. I get into football games for free, got into Rock the Garden. I just go up to the ticker counter, like ‘Oh, my friends, they’re in 203, they said they’d meet (me).’ They’re like, ‘Allright, just bring your ticket down.’ Or I’ll just fly by going 6 miles an hour, and they’re just like, ‘Whatever, he’s in a chair.’ So there’s good and bad.”  Brian (audio:  http://bit.ly/1jXRGPv )
  “Any words of advice for people who are maybe a little depressed because of the weather today?”    “Don’t be. Don’t be depressed. What are you gonna do about it? Go out and enjoy it and freeze to death.”    Marion (audio here:   http://ow.ly/E4Tp8  )
 "We’re sisters."  Sidhra and Suheila
  “I’m a gymnast…That’s the most funnest thing I ever did in my life, is learn how to back flip. My dad used to take me over to his sister’s house, and we used to do back flips with my cousin John-John…And we used to get mattresses from, like, alleys and line them up in a field and flip on them, so we’d have more balance, and more spring, and support so we could do all types of flips. Fast, slow. And we’d have so much fun…”    Deverick (audio here:   http://ow.ly/DZ3G6  )
  Ace grew up in Kansas, and attended a high school for the blind. He says he was the school’s poster child, because he got good grades and was involved with sports. He says he and his dog can make $250 per day panhandling in Las Vegas.
 “What’s your biggest strength as a person?”  “I think it’s positivity. I like to smile. I like to try to be positive and keep a really good outlook on things, and inspire others to be the same way.”  “Where do you think your positivity comes from?”  “Going through a lot of stuff. Not to sound ableist, because there are lots of people who cannot be positive no matter how hard they wanna be. But when you go through a lot of things, it really helps you have a perspective on what matters and what doesn’t.”  “Can you think of a time in your life when your positivity helped get you through?”  “Coming out to my parents, coming out to my family. Remaining positive with how some of them took that was really, really important for me…Lots of countries aren’t like the United States. Here, gay people can get married, and we have a Pride celebration every June. In other countries, that’s a crime that’s punishable oftentimes by death, or some other kind of imprisonment. So keeping that in the back of my mind knowing that that’s the culture, and that’s the country that my family comes from, in West Africa.”  Cynthia (audio:  http://bit.ly/1Q46hHM )
 At the Twin Cities Pride parade
 David and Julio, married since February: "We met on a website…He’s also my caregiver…I’ve recently been diagnosed with ALS…."  (Seen at Twin Cities Pride, audio  here )
  Missy, at Lyn Lake Street Festival
  Coci, Farhan, and Abdi, on Hennepin Avenue
 “I like to travel, that’s one of my biggest hobbies…so I try to meet people everywhere I go.”  “Do you travel by yourself?”  “Most of the time, which I don’t like it because it’s hard when I go to other countries. I really would love to find a travel companion, but it’s kind of hard. People think that I could be a burden or something, which is not true. I can take care of most of the stuff on my own, but…of course there’s some tougher stuff that will be a little more work, like  hiking on a really difficult trail, but other than that, I’m ok. I just have to be following the person…And it really depends on where I’m going…Hong Kong is really good for traveling on my own as a visually impaired person. I basically travel on my own the whole time. But for instance in China there is no where I can go on my own.”   “How is Hong Kong easier compared to China, what specifically?”  “They have sidewalks, traffic lights are very good, it’s laid out kind of like here. In China there’s no such thing as crosswalks. The lighting system is different, traffic lighting is different. And a lot of them there’s no streets, just dirt roads. So it just depends on what country, some countries are easier than others…I’ve been to Japan once, but I haven’t been to Tokyo. That’s where I wanna go, is Tokyo…”  Jessie (audio here:  http://ow.ly/GJLIO )
  "I don't smile."  Andrica  
  Ikram, on Nicollet Mall
 "Are you a couple?"  "Sometimes."
  Rick, in front of the Downtown Central Library
  "What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?"    “If you be around 9 broke people, you’ll be the 10th broke person…”     Eddie
  Anthony and Chula, at Lyn Lake Street Festival
 Mrs. Glitzke
  Eneliz and Valeria at Twin Cities Pride
  Sylvia, on Nicollet Mall
  Johnny Dollar
 "Keep on doing what you’re doing."  David
  The lady on the right loved having her photo taken. Lady on the left, not so much.
 Yazon (audio  here )
  She and her mother spoke very little English, so all I can tell you is her name is Shaydin.
  Jonica, Brian, and Pearl the Pug
  A juggalo couple before the Twiztid concert at First Avenue nightclub
 Andre
  Lamont, on Hennepin Avenue
  “She just turned one, December 4th.”     “What’s your favorite thing about Nico?”    “That I don’t have any kids and she’s my daughter…She’s cool, it’s a responsibility, you know. You want Dad to hold you for a while? It’s a nice responsibility, you know what I’m sayin’, raising a dog. They don’t talk back, no school clothes, or none of that stuff. Gimme a kiss, ok. Say ‘hi, lady,’ she’s a nice lady…”    Michael and Nico (audio here:  http://ow.ly/GPHL9 )
 Rick
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  Alyssa, waiting for the bus
  Jason, contemplating whether to take the bus or walk home, on Nicollet Mall
 Michael
  Yu and Yabin with their dogs in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

“Some people may assume that you’re not there mentally, you know, you don’t have all your mental faculties. Like this weekend I was at a wedding, and this lady kinda baby-talked me, like, ‘Oh, I’m so glad you could make it.’ But I don’t fault them, because they don’t think of it. You really don’t think of it until you’re on the other side. Like, I would’ve done the same shit, you know? It’s just society’s perception of disabled people. But I take advantage of it, so I’m a piece of shit, too. I get into football games for free, got into Rock the Garden. I just go up to the ticker counter, like ‘Oh, my friends, they’re in 203, they said they’d meet (me).’ They’re like, ‘Allright, just bring your ticket down.’ Or I’ll just fly by going 6 miles an hour, and they’re just like, ‘Whatever, he’s in a chair.’ So there’s good and bad.”

Brian (audio: http://bit.ly/1jXRGPv)

“Any words of advice for people who are maybe a little depressed because of the weather today?”

“Don’t be. Don’t be depressed. What are you gonna do about it? Go out and enjoy it and freeze to death.”

Marion (audio here: http://ow.ly/E4Tp8)

"We’re sisters."

Sidhra and Suheila

“I’m a gymnast…That’s the most funnest thing I ever did in my life, is learn how to back flip. My dad used to take me over to his sister’s house, and we used to do back flips with my cousin John-John…And we used to get mattresses from, like, alleys and line them up in a field and flip on them, so we’d have more balance, and more spring, and support so we could do all types of flips. Fast, slow. And we’d have so much fun…”

Deverick (audio here: http://ow.ly/DZ3G6)

Ace grew up in Kansas, and attended a high school for the blind. He says he was the school’s poster child, because he got good grades and was involved with sports. He says he and his dog can make $250 per day panhandling in Las Vegas.

“What’s your biggest strength as a person?”

“I think it’s positivity. I like to smile. I like to try to be positive and keep a really good outlook on things, and inspire others to be the same way.”

“Where do you think your positivity comes from?”

“Going through a lot of stuff. Not to sound ableist, because there are lots of people who cannot be positive no matter how hard they wanna be. But when you go through a lot of things, it really helps you have a perspective on what matters and what doesn’t.”

“Can you think of a time in your life when your positivity helped get you through?”

“Coming out to my parents, coming out to my family. Remaining positive with how some of them took that was really, really important for me…Lots of countries aren’t like the United States. Here, gay people can get married, and we have a Pride celebration every June. In other countries, that’s a crime that’s punishable oftentimes by death, or some other kind of imprisonment. So keeping that in the back of my mind knowing that that’s the culture, and that’s the country that my family comes from, in West Africa.”

Cynthia (audio: http://bit.ly/1Q46hHM)

At the Twin Cities Pride parade

David and Julio, married since February: "We met on a website…He’s also my caregiver…I’ve recently been diagnosed with ALS…."

(Seen at Twin Cities Pride, audio here)

Missy, at Lyn Lake Street Festival

Coci, Farhan, and Abdi, on Hennepin Avenue

“I like to travel, that’s one of my biggest hobbies…so I try to meet people everywhere I go.”

“Do you travel by yourself?”

“Most of the time, which I don’t like it because it’s hard when I go to other countries. I really would love to find a travel companion, but it’s kind of hard. People think that I could be a burden or something, which is not true. I can take care of most of the stuff on my own, but…of course there’s some tougher stuff that will be a little more work, like hiking on a really difficult trail, but other than that, I’m ok. I just have to be following the person…And it really depends on where I’m going…Hong Kong is really good for traveling on my own as a visually impaired person. I basically travel on my own the whole time. But for instance in China there is no where I can go on my own.”

“How is Hong Kong easier compared to China, what specifically?”

“They have sidewalks, traffic lights are very good, it’s laid out kind of like here. In China there’s no such thing as crosswalks. The lighting system is different, traffic lighting is different. And a lot of them there’s no streets, just dirt roads. So it just depends on what country, some countries are easier than others…I’ve been to Japan once, but I haven’t been to Tokyo. That’s where I wanna go, is Tokyo…”

Jessie (audio here: http://ow.ly/GJLIO)

"I don't smile."
Andrica
 

Ikram, on Nicollet Mall

"Are you a couple?"

"Sometimes."

Rick, in front of the Downtown Central Library

"What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?"

“If you be around 9 broke people, you’ll be the 10th broke person…” 

Eddie

Anthony and Chula, at Lyn Lake Street Festival

Mrs. Glitzke

Eneliz and Valeria at Twin Cities Pride

Sylvia, on Nicollet Mall

Johnny Dollar

"Keep on doing what you’re doing."

David

The lady on the right loved having her photo taken. Lady on the left, not so much.

Yazon (audio here)

She and her mother spoke very little English, so all I can tell you is her name is Shaydin.

Jonica, Brian, and Pearl the Pug

A juggalo couple before the Twiztid concert at First Avenue nightclub

Andre

Lamont, on Hennepin Avenue

“She just turned one, December 4th.” 

“What’s your favorite thing about Nico?”

“That I don’t have any kids and she’s my daughter…She’s cool, it’s a responsibility, you know. You want Dad to hold you for a while? It’s a nice responsibility, you know what I’m sayin’, raising a dog. They don’t talk back, no school clothes, or none of that stuff. Gimme a kiss, ok. Say ‘hi, lady,’ she’s a nice lady…”

Michael and Nico (audio here: http://ow.ly/GPHL9)

Rick

Alyssa, waiting for the bus

Jason, contemplating whether to take the bus or walk home, on Nicollet Mall

Michael

Yu and Yabin with their dogs in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

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