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Hi, I'm Fen! I'm a web developer and professional who's really into making zines and indie LARPs.

Check out my code and talks at

My zines and games are available at

I post about:
🏳️‍🌈 trans and queer issues
💻 programming (mostly HTML and CSS)
👩🏾‍💻 radical inclusion in the tech industry
♿ digital accessibility and invisible illness
🧠 mental illness
:computerfairies: weird internet junk

Having to decide between outting myself as one of "those people" or staying quiet and safer always sucks, especially when I'm the accessibility person in the room. I'm always worried that if people know I care about this because of my own experiences, they'll write it off.


Being the only disabled person in a meeting and hearing someone disparage accessibility is... really hard. After enough times, you can read between the lines. So many dog whistles about how "few people" need these accommodations. About "it's too much work." I'm just sad.


The slide deck for an external presentation I'm doing with five awesome coworkers today has everyone's pronouns on the introduction slide. I feel so safe and affirmed and happy, I could cry.

Employers: inclusion of your trans employees can be so simple, but it means so much.

P.S. If you want a downloadable version of that pronoun button guide that you could also give me money for, you can get it on itch:

I promise, it's actually really easy to put a smidge of help text on the form that says what you're using names for. It means so so much to those of us for whom "name" isn't actually an easy form field.

Also: on registration it wasn't clear if names needed to be legal names or what. At some conferences, you need to show an ID to get your badge. My name doesn't match my ID. So I just put "Fen" on registration and hoped they didn't check IDs. (They didn't.)

Also I keep getting closer to launching some "pronoun buttons as a service" thing.

- premade sets of buttons for cheap or more for custom-designed ones
- training session for event organizers about how to use them
- custom signage for button table

If only someone had written a simple guide for organizers on how to provide pronoun buttons at events. Oh wait, I did that haha. Check it out.

So all in all, I don't end up raising my hand to ask a question of speakers. I don't end up going to in-person networking events, and if I do, I don't make many connections. And like... one of the major purposes of is networking! But not for trans folks, I guess.

I'm also barely doing any in-person networking at this conference, because people are generally awful at using correct pronouns. Like, not maliciously bad, just average amount of bad (aka awful). So I get gendered incorrectly constantly and don't even try to correct people.

It might not seem like much to the cis, but when I'm dealing with so many other microaggressions around gender, I'm not going to ask a question of a speaker and open myself up to yet another one. It's so so easy to just... not say those things.

I've seen a lot of exclusive language this week, like gendering people when calling on them for questions ("the woman in red", "the man in front") or referring to question-asker in the answer like "so her question was really great" or "like he asked, xyz".

Follow up from Wednesday: there aren't any gender neutral restrooms at
. I brought my own pronoun button (because they don't provide them), but there's no education for attendees or speakers about basic inclusion of transgender attendees. Cool cool cool. 🙃

If you organize any type of meetup or conference that uses badges, please consider this when making a purchasing decision for badge holders! It's driving some of us nuts.


The jingling of badges is becoming a barrier for me with the constant distracting sounds coming from all over the room. I will be asking people to take them off in my talk and I wish others would too.


Okay but "Blaze Switch" is a pretty good name


your cyberpunk name is the last business you patronized and your favorite game console. im costco playstation


People I follow: 8% nonbinary, 40% men, 52% women
Followers: 7% nonbinary, 48% men, 45% women.

Hello charming enby friends, those are some pretty good stats. ✨


tomorrow is International Women's Day and I have a challenge for you! run this estimating tool to see the number of women, men, and nonbinary people you follow on Twitter. if the percentage of women/nonbinary is low - follow a few new people


Design WITH people with disabilities, not FOR people with disabilities. -

Poor designs coded perfectly still exclude people. -

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