Below please find links and resources on both Mad Pride and Disability Pride. Mad In America published my Bastille Day blog here: https://www.madinamerica.com/2022/07/july-disability-mad-pride/
Update 18 July 2022: An audio version of the above Mad Pride blog is now available: https://soundcloud.com/user-594406768/july-is-both-disability-pride-month-and-mad-pride-month-happy-bastille-day
As promised in my blog, below are some tools you can use to build Mad Pride and Disability Pride.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive directory, but to provide you with inspiration and tips. Please comment on both my Mad In America blog, and at the bottom of this resource blog, with your views, suggestions, ideas… and I will respond as I’m able.
When I broke my neck one decade ago, I drew upon the lessons I learned about empowerment from decades in the psychiatric survivor movement. I am proud of applying these skills when I needed them most. There are many other reasons to have Disability Pride: Our resilience, the amazing global disability community, the uniqueness of every human being…
Mad Pride Resources
Background on Mad Pride
The Wikipedia link is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Pride
MindFreedom International has been one of the main groups to champion Mad Pride: https://mindfreedom.org/campaign/frequently-asked-questions/
MindFreedom Oregon has voted to support Mad Pride Month as July. Part of July is Creative Maladjustment Week. Martin Luther King, Jr. utilized this concept of creative maladjustment many times in his speeches. You can read about that week here: https://mindfreedom.org/mfi-taking-action/creative-maladjustment-week/
More information about MLK’s concept of creative maladjustment: https://mindfreedom.org/campaign/creative-maladjustment-week/
Vice did an article a few years ago, unfortunately using the phrase “mental illness,” but I remember there were some valuable points: https://www.vice.com/en/article/7bxqxa/mad-pride-remembering-the-uks-mental-health-pride-movement
My own essay about why we encourage folks not to use the phrase “mental illness”: https://mindfreedom.org/kb/not-mentally-ill/
New York Times did an article in 2008 here: https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/fashion/11madpride.html?ref=oembed
Who are the leaders of Mad Pride and Disability Pride? You, if you choose. I consider both Mad Pride and Disability Pride to apply to anyone and everyone that chooses to take leadership in a positive sense.
You can be in touch with MindFreedom Oregon in promoting Mad Pride July by emailing to: MadPrideWorld@gmail.com.
It was surprising to me how much information I could find about Mad Pride simply by searching for it in Google, Twitter, etc.
Mad Pride Switzerland
Mad Pride Switzerland official website: https://madpride.ch/ Several language options are offered on their website.
A new song written for Mad Pride Switzerland by musical artist, Neitsa Duende: https://youtu.be/THiuPTziyBg
Mad Pride Month Events
Mad Pride London, UK on Thursday, July 14, 2022: https://twitter.com/CPAbolition/status/1527234742785024001?s=20&t=6UYwYIX8UxW93TrsUFIX9A
Another upcoming event will be held by Mad Pride Vermont on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Burlington: https://madfreedom.org/madpride/
Salford Mad Pride celebrates Mad Pride Free Family Fun Day in Victoria Park, Swinton, Greater Manchester, UK on July 23, 11am to 5pm British Time. 2022: https://twitter.com/salfordyouth1/status/1547618887402827776
Archive about past Mad Pride activity: https://mindfreedom.org/category/campaign/madpride/
Wikipedia has reported that there have also been Mad Pride events over the last few decades in Australia, Canada, Ireland, USA, Portugal, Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, and France.
Korea: Mad Pride Seoul in Korea usually picks 10 October, World Mental Health Day, for their parades and creative activities. Glad to see a song devoted to honoring their work: https://youtu.be/e1vEeQaCXNc
Netherlands: There is discussion by Mad Pride Netherlands: https://madpride.nl/
This is only meant to be a partial listing. If you know of any Mad Pride events, please share this news with others. You can find a discussion about Mad Pride on Reddit at: www.reddit.com/r/madpride. Also, you will find an email address at the end this blog to be in touch with World Mad Pride, as supported by MindFreedom Oregon.
Disability Pride Resources
Background on Disability Pride
Disability Pride Month resources via American Federation for the Blind: https://www.afb.org/blog/entry/celebrating-disability-pride-month
National Health Council on Disability Pride Month: https://nationalhealthcouncil.org/blog/july-is-disability-pride-month/
How Disability Pride Month started, article from 2021: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/07/02/how-disability-pride-month-started-and-what-means/7840560002/
Other Disability Pride Info
From AmeriDisability: https://www.ameridisability.com/how-to-display-disability-pride/
From Disabled World: https://www.disabled-world.com/definitions/disability-pride.php
Disability Pride Month on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disability_Pride_Month
Disability Pride Parades on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disability_Pride_Parades
Disability Pride Events
Here are few Disability Pride events. This is not meant to be a comprehensive directory, this is just to give you a flavor of these celebrations:
Montclair, New Jersey held their 2nd annual Disability Pride March May 1, 2022: https://montclairlocal.news/montclair-holds-second-annual-montclair-disability-pride-parade/
Philadelphia held its 10th Disability Pride March in June 11, 2022: https://billypenn.com/2022/06/11/philadelphia-disability-pride-parade-2022/
Creative 360, an organization in Midland, Michigan, held a kick-off party for Disability Pride Month on June 23, 2022: https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Disability-Pride-Month-Kick-Off-Party-on-Thursday-17253658.php
Kenai Peninsula in Alaska will hold a public Disability Pride Celebration on July 30, 2022: https://radiokenai.com/event/2022-kenai-peninsula-disability-pride-celebration
Surviving Race: Intersection of Injustice, Disability & Human Rights–Savannah Dialogues 2022 on August 28, 2022: https://fb.me/e/1YCHJCV7K
On Twitter, it was gratifying to see the hashtag #madpride was in use. Other hashtags to consider using are: #MadPrideMonth #MentalHealth #Disability #DisabilityPride #DisabilityPrideMonth
Please leave your comments, ideas, questions, and leads below!