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Caz Killjoy (pronouns: they/them) is a cripsex agitator, disability activist, educator, writer, storyteller, and general pain-in-the ass currently living near Washington, DC on unceded Nacotchtank land. Their endeavors focus on what make most people uncomfortable: advocacy and accountability; sex and kink; pain, disability, and illness; death and poverty; accessibility and technological security.
They have been involved with multiple radical leftist and feminist cooperatives, organizing groups, and conferences since 1999. In recent years, their focus has been on accessibility and inclusion, particularly within the sexuality industry.
As a writer and storyteller, Caz began “blogging” in the 1990’s, providing them with over twenty years of experience with professional over-sharing in the style of the chaos-to-quest narrative. Using a variety of monikers and platforms, they have written publicly and extensively on issues of sex, relationships, disability, and mental health since before they were old enough to know better. Over the last twenty years, Caz has appeared as an author, interviewee, or performer in multiple media formats relating to disability and/or sexuality. Recently, they have taken to the stage as a ribald storyteller with a focus on medical quest narratives.
Since 2017, Caz has presented workshops and guest lectured to graduate students at George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Widener University and undergraduate students at Stony Brook University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Tufts University on subjects including sadomasochism in relation to chronic pain, sex and disability, kink and disability, and disability as a general topic. They have taught about accessibility, poverty, disability, and technology to wide audiences, from activists and organizers to sex workers and tantra practitioners to business-focused professionals.
With Amber DiPietra, Caz co-founded the Disability and Sexuality Access Network (DASANetwork), an education and advocacy organization for people who are passionate about disability, sex, and sexuality. They are also a founding board member of The Kinder Foundation.
In their spare time they advocate for technological rights/ freedom and provide training to those interested in increasing their internet security. Caz runs Playing it safe(r): an accessible technology security guide for a post-FOSTA / SESTA / CLOUD world and occasionally maintains a Resource Index for Accountability Work for folks who are interested in accountability and restorative and/or transformative justice.
As a lover of fights and a fighter for love, Caz prefers people who will “risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.” Despite this, like Groucho Marx they refuse to belong to any club that would have them as a member.
In Slavic, “Caz” means “the famous destroyer of peace,” but “Caz” is also an abbreviation of their first name, Cassandra. Caz is a nonbinary person who presents as tomboy femme with toddler grandma style; white; queer (as in fuck you), and non-monogamous (relationship anarchist); anarchist and atheist; lumpen-precariat; formerly unhoused; a former sex worker; a survivor of sexual trauma and medical neglect; a proud GED recipient; and multiply disabled (mad, sick, cognitive, physical, genetic).
I don’t know if I would have made it this far without direct support from many people when it’s been most needed. A great deal of thanks goes to:
Aaron K., Adam M., Aida M., Akio S., Alison B., Aly F., Amani L., Anthony H., Antigone A., Arielle R., Arvin C., Avery H., Ben K., Betty B., Bianca P., Bree D., Brett A., Brian G., Brian U., Bryan S., Catherine A., Charlotte M., Chris R., Chrissy H., Crista C., Dan L., Danila A., Darrien D., David W., Debra S., Diana H., Dolores C., Eli G., Elizabeth F., Elizabeth P., Emily F., Emily V., Faith S., Francoys V., Grayson S., Greg S., Gregory J., Gwen W., Hannah H., Helen F., Holly M., Ian P., Jade L., Jamie G., Janet T., Jenn J., Jennifer J., Jennifer R., Jesse F., Jessica Y., John B., John E., John G. John K., John O., Jonathan G., Joshua S., Joshua J. Juan C., Julia S., Julie B., Justin K., Karen D., Karen W., Kate A., Kate C., Katherine M., Kiki S., Kwasi B., Lisa B., Lisa F., Lisa H., Maggie O., Mark A., Mark E., Mark WB., Mateo W., Melina A., Michael B., Michael O., Michelle L., Nancy M., Nat V., Nicholas F., Nikki R., Orin T., Paul D., Ren G., Ricardo V., Rick T., Rob B., Rob Z., Robin K., Sandra F., Sara B., Sara L., Sara P., Sarah W., Scott V., Sheena W., Sonia Z., Tonya W., Trista W., Vanessa R., Victoria R., and Zachary M.
A very special thanks to Akio S., Anthony H., Crista C., Jessica Y., Nat V., Nicholas F., Nikki R., and to Rob Z.