Armed with a Youtube channel, Twitter, Facebook and Instagramaccounts, Annie Segarra, who identifies herself as a disabled, queer and Latinx, is fighting misinformation and stereotypes about disabled people and changing the prejudices many have about disabilities.
All her life, Segarra, who is Peruvian and Ecuadorian and also goes by the name Annie Elainey, saw herself as an activist. As a young girl, Segarra often found herself taking care of, and advocating for, her younger sister, who is autistic. Later, in high school, she often participated in protests advocating for LGBTQ rights.
But nothing prepared her for what she would encounter when she slowly began to experience a series of symptoms around the age of 23. After bouncing around medical specialists for three years, Segarra was diagnosed with what she suspected she had all along – a rare disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). This is the name for a group of genetic disorders that affect the connective tissues because of a mutation in one or more genes.