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Tiffany-Ashton Gatsby (they/them) is a QueerCrip, genderfluid person of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, who identifies as disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, and mad. They have multiple disabilities, including Complex PTSD, POTS, 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 in Sociocultural Anthropology while pursuing a graduate certificate in Disability Studies and training as a psychedelic doula. As an artist, advocate, activist, and trauma survivor, Tiffany-Ashton focuses on many of the multifaceted issues of the QueerCrip community, including academic ableism, depending on their spoon count that day!  
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. Currently, Tiffany-Ashton is focusing on accessible wayfinding on the University of Washington Seattle campus in a project they created called Pathways for All Huskies (PAH), as well as chairing the QueerCrip Research Collective (QCRC), an interdisciplinary graduate research cluster supporting QueerCrip graduate students find community support and resources through grad school. They have also worked with UW Study Abroad and Global Engagement to encourage students with disabilities to study abroad. 

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. Tiffany-Ashton's other accomplishments include being a three-time Pride Foundation Scholar, two-time Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar, GSBA Scholar, Mortar Board Scholar, two-time recipient of the Point Foundation Opportunity Grant, Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund recipient, 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 and psychedelic care collectives to bring visibility to their community while promoting community-based healing and educational programs for clinicians on QueerCrip care. 


  • Medical Anthropology

  • Disability Studies

  • Ethics in Psychedelic Care

  • Socially Engaged Art 

  • Emancipatory Research Methods

  • QueerCrip Community Work

  • Crip Theory

  • Community-Based Psychedelics

  • Expanded States of Consciousness

  • Visual Anthropology

  • Inequity in Healthcare

  • Psychedelic Therapy

  • Performativity of Gender, Sexuality & Disability in Healthcare Spaces

  • Accessibility in Higher Education & Accessibility for Researchers

  • Academic Ableism

  • Wayfinding on College Campuses

  • Installation Art

  • Experimental Film

  • Ethnography / Autoethnography

  • Activism & Advocacy

  • Care Networks

  • Healing Arts

  • Creative Non-Fiction & Memoir

  • Adventure Healing

  • QueerCrip Outdoorsy Activities

  • Food, Wine & Travel

  • Knit, Crochet & Crafts

  • Tattoos

  • Music & Going to Shows

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