Tiffany-Ashton Gatsby (they/them) is a queercrip, genderfluid person of Ashkenazi descent living with multiple disabilities including Complex PTSD and Multiple Sclerosis. Originally from California, they've lived in the Seattle area since 2002. They are a doctoral student at the University of Washington studying Sociocultural Anthropology, specializing in Medical Anthropology. They are also pursuing graduate certificates in Disability Studies and Queer and Sexuality Studies. As an artist, advocate, activist, and trauma survivor, Tiffany-Ashton focuses on representing issues faced by the queercrip community.
They are active in the disabled and LGBTQ communities and have volunteered for several organizations including the National MS Society, Seattle Dyke March, Human Rights Commission, and Crip Riot. They also participated in the First Descents adventure healing pilot program for young adults with MS, featured on CNN Heroes.
They are a proud community college graduate from Seattle Central College, which allowed them to begin their academic adventure. Tiffany-Ashton received their Bachelor of Arts with Honors in both Medical Anthropology & Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the University of Washington, graduating summa cum laude in 2022, and was the recipient of the President's Medal for the most distinguished academic record in their class. Some of Tiffany-Ashton's other accomplishments include their status as a Pride Foundation Scholar, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar, GSBA Scholar, Mortar Board Scholar, University of Washington Husky 100, and UW Homecoming Scholar. They are a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Mortar Board Honors Society, and Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity.
In addition to their work as an academic and researcher, they hope to someday establish a network of queercrip art collectives to bring visibility to their community while promoting community-based healing and educational programs for clinicians on queercrip care.
Socially Engaged Art
Emancipatory Research Methods
Queercrip Community Work
Inequity in Healthcare
Performativity of Gender, Sexuality & Disability in Healthcare Spaces
Accessibility in Higher Education & Accessibility for Researchers
Wayfinding on College Campuses
Ethnography / Autoethnography
Activism & Advocacy
Creative Non-Fiction & Memoir
Queercrip Outdoorsy Activities
Food, Wine & Travel
Knit, Crochet & Crafts