Passing and failing: passing as that with which I disidentify, failing to approximate norms of cultural intelligibility. I am a queer, crip, white femme of lost Jewish descent whose family, culture, and community were obscured by antisemitism. Through these pieces, I unpack my experiences of passing, failing, and disidentification: of being placed among the groups to which I do not fully belong.1 As a femme, I grapple with issues of passing/invisibility, while attempting to claim membership in a community that privileges masculinity.2 My invisibly crip body receives able-bodied privilege, and yet it can also act as a barrier for obtaining accessibility needs. I am Jewish and, thus, while I benefit from white privilege, my whiteness is contextual and historically contingent—white but never “fully assimilated” and always “ambiguously placed.”3

Existing as I am, as well as how I am seen, has led me to rethink the imperative of...

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