Diversity reboot

Devin Norko
Devin Norko
Summit Speaker

Content Creator, Wrier, Artist

Devin Norko is a Black, disabled, and queer intersectional advocacy content creator, writer, and artist. They have multiple disabilities in a range of classifications, most meaning they spend quite a bit of time in medical spaces. They began advocating for marginalised communities in early 2017 when their health took a turn and they sought out community, becoming a bit of an Accidental Advocate after noticing the need for more representation and education. They focus their work mainly on disability, queerness, neurodivergence, and generally what it’s like to be a multiply-marginalised person: the joys, the traumas, the microaggressions, the unlearning, the solidarity and community – all making up the beautiful and multifaceted lives we live. They make it a point on their platforms to prioritise vulnerability and growth, and use their work to inform and educate, to encourage visibility, to amplify voices.

While intentionally advocating for a few years, they have been a writer since they could hold a pen – having written many poems (multiple published), articles, short stories, and now essays and essay-like text for their advocacy work, and writing more long-form in some spaces. They am also a speaker, honoured to have spoken on multiple occasions at events for things relating to disability/disability justice, queer rights, self-acceptance, etc. – and serving as a founding host for the Disability Open Mic for Get Loud Movement.

They live in Richmond, Virginia with their husband, Aaron, and emotional support kitten, Helios – spending their free time baking and watching competition shows. Their pronouns are they/them.