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Meet ZMKF in West Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to ZMKF.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am commonly known as a writer, artist, and activist/community organizer for climate justice, lgbt+ justice, and disability justice.

I’ve been a writer, artist, and activist for almost my whole life. I’ve always been writing. I was first published on a website other than my own blog (by Hello Sunshine) in 2018. And the informal definition of the word activist is merely, “someone who cares about an issue.” Well, I was born caring about disability justice because I am disabled. Same with lgbt+ justice, I am queer myself. I was born caring for and respecting nature, and once I found out about the true extent of the climate crisis, once there was urgency to it, I began writing with all of my heart and soul to try and do what I could for the Earth. I started organizing soon after that.

My first piece on the climate crisis was self-published in 2018 as well.

Later that year, I joined Zero Hour for a short spell – it simply wasn’t the best space for me – and then moved on to Youth Climate Strike L.A. before finally joining OneUpAction last year.

I sincerely, strongly recommend that for a greater understanding of what I’ve worked on and written, you take a look at my work and scroll through what I’ve posted recently, the best and most recent links I’ve put here:

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Ableism (“discrimination in favor of able-bodied people”), misogyny, and capitalistic thinking have definitely come together in different configurations to form roadblocks on my path, for sure, as well as my struggling with fatigue and executive function that stems from my disabilities themselves.

I wouldn’t point out any specific incident, though.

I’ve been privileged enough to avoid a lot of the pain and damage many of my friends and comrades have been faced with, and the most traumatizing things that happened to me are being resolved internally.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I write, both fiction and nonfiction, I doodle, and I’m fairly decent at graphic design. I devote most of my time and my skills to personal projects that have either been noticed and shared or even picked up by others.

I believe everyone is set apart from everyone else. No two people are completely alike.

As for myself, though, I am autistic with ADHD, nonbinary, queer, and physically disabled. I believe that sets me apart from others quite well, almost inherently.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’d say that throughout my life, I’ve had the reasonable, standard amount of luck a person of my identities does.

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Image Credit:

Diana Kunce, Jim Frohna, Chandini Agarwal, Z Frohna

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