Da'Shaun L.

Da’Shaun Harrison is a Black, fat, queer and trans theorist and abolitionist in Atlanta, GA. Harrison is the author of Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness, and is a public speaker who often gives talks and leads workshops on Blackness, queerness, gender, fatness, disabilities, and their intersections. Harrison currently serves as the Editor-at-Large for Scalawag Magazine.

Harrison’s tenure as a community organizer in Atlanta began in 2014 during their first year at Morehouse College. Along with several other student organizers, Harrison helped build a student-led organizing body named “AUCShutItDown.” The group’s work was centered around police violence in Metro Atlanta, gentrification, campus-based sexual violence, and queer/trans-antagonistic school policies. In 2015, that work expanded to the creation of Atlanta Black Students United—a collective of Black student organizers from colleges and universities across Metro Atlanta dedicated to restructuring the policies and cultures of their respective campuses. In 2016, following the uprisings birthed by the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Harrison and four other Black queer and trans organizers created #ATLisReady. AiR, as it was called, sought to consolidate already-existing work moving across the city, and to make it easier for community organizers to network with one another. Between the years 2019 and 2021, Harrison served as Associate Editor — and later as Managing Editor — of Wear Your Voice Magazine. 

Harrison penned their first published piece in the summer of 2017 while navigating heightened poverty and homelessness. This would become the genesis of their writing career. Harrison writes not only as a means of survival, but with the belief that if the marginalized wish for a future where their history is depicted accurately and their stories are told correctly then they must document them. Writing, for Da’Shaun, is not solely a passion or talent, but it is the foundation on which their home—their love, their survival, their creativity—is built. It is their expression of self; their contribution to the documentation of the histories of oppressed/colonized peoples.

Harrison’s writing has appeared in PhiladelphiaPrint, Medium, THEM, Black Youth Project, BET, and other online publications. They have also been featured in/interviewed by The Fader, Everyday Feminism, Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, the New York Times, and other local and national publications.