Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro
www.kylirc.com
Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro is a Cuban-American writer, mental health advocate, grassroots activist, and entrepreneur based in Salt Lake City. She is a Lifestyle News Writer for Bustle. She has written articles for numerous websites including The Mighty, Thought Catalog, Your Tango, and Role Reboot. Kyli is an outspoken advocate for disability rights, ending sexual and domestic violence against women, sex workers' rights, restorative justice, and more. She serves as a council member for Utah's Department of Human Services System of Care. She is also on Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault's Start By Believing Committee. You can find Kyli at the nearest protest, Jack Mormon Coffee Roasters, or at home obsessively Instagramming her service cats.

Latest Articles

5 Ways Having A Toxic Job Affects Your Physical & Mental Health

Whether you were a part-time waiter, seasonal retail associate, or any position in between, most of us have worked in positions (or are still working in positions) that meet our financial needs, but may not be actually be in our chosen career field. …
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Twitter Is Pissed At This Nursing Textbook That Perpetuated Racist Stereotypes

Another day, another racist blunder in academia. Over the past few years, colleges and universities have come under fire because both campuses and educational resources alike are having trouble including people of color in their curricula. Recently, …
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Stress Affects Your Gut Health In This Really Weird Way

The impact of stress on mental health is widely discussed, but now scientists are beginning to look more specifically at the impact it can have on our physical wellness. While most people know stress can affect everything from your breathing to your …
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

You Don’t Have To Talk About Your Sexual Assault In Order To Heal From It

For sexual assault survivors, the past couple weeks have been tumultuous and overwhelming. After media mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting or harassing over a dozen women, many sexual assault survivors began to speak out about t…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Woman Is Leading A Mental Health Revolution For Women Of Color

For the third year in a row, Bustle's Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Mental health issues are still treated as taboo, de…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Is How Trump’s Health Care Executive Order Will Affect People With Disabilities

The end of the fiscal year last week finalized the Republican's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and, after a long summer chock full of die-ins and marches protesting the Republicans’ proposed health care policies, the disability…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This One Tweet Shows The Sexist Double Standard For How People Respond To Sexual Assault

Unless you don't have access to the internet, or have tuned out the conversation for your own self-care, you have probably been following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which a number of women in Hollywood have come forward to allege that Weinstein…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Why Virtual Sex Work Is So Empowering For People With Disabilities

When I was hospitalized for my mental illnesses in 2016, I knew that neither returning to my previous job nor finding a new one was an option. Even if I found a workplace that actively accommodated my disabilities — and only 40 percent of workplaces …
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Is How To Respond If Someone Tells You They Were Sexually Assaulted

Every time a new sexual assault claim is highly-publicized, it leads to some sexual assault survivors being re-traumatized and blamed for the harassment or assault they experienced. Less than a year after more than a dozen women accused Donald Trump …
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Is How 9 Countries Worldwide Treat Mental Health Issues

Being a mental health and disability rights advocate who lives with severe mental illness in the United States is exhausting, and it can feel like never ending battle of fighting discriminatory mental health care policies. According to the World Heal…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Is How To Get Context Cards On Snapchat

Get excited, Snapchat users. The app is launching a new feature called Context Cards, which will transform Snapchat from a simple social media platform to an all-in-one search engine for your weekends' activities, and that you're going to want to kno…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

5 Ways To Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day This Year

One by one, cities across the United States are beginning to publicly replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, a celebratory day of recognition for the culture and history of Native people. Just this past year, Los Angeles County, Salt Lake…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Women Who’ve Had An Abortion After 20 Weeks Are Mad As Hell About The Proposed Ban

Earlier this week, while many were still busy celebrating the Republicans’ failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the House passed a 20-week abortion ban on Oct. 3, called the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." The bill would criminalize…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

7 Halloween Costumes That You Probably Didn’t Realize Were Ableist

'Tis the season of pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and haunted houses, but not everyone is into celebrating Halloween. The holiday tends to be the one day of the year that people wrongly believe that it's okay to be offensive towards marginalized…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Is Why I Won’t Be Celebrating Halloween As Someone With A Mental Illness

I am going to share a pretty unpopular opinion: I am not a fan of Halloween. I know some folks who meticulously count the days to Hallow’s Eve or plan their costumes for months, but as a mentally ill person, I find the holiday anxiety-provoking. In m…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

A New Mexico Mother Of Three Is One Of The Victims Of The Las Vegas Shooting

Since Monday morning, upon hearing the news a gunman opened fire on concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NV, late on the night of Oct. 1, Americans have been in mourning. Stephen Paddock, 64, murdered at least 59 people in the…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

The Satanic Temple Wants Anti-Gay Bakers To “Bake Cakes For Satan” For Religious Freedom

The LGBTQ community and queer advocates have been up in arms since it was announced that this fall, the Supreme Court would decide on a 2012 anti-discrimination lawsuit brought against a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips. The suit was originally filed wh…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

There’s Now A Word For When White People “Hepeat” People Of Color & It’s Amazing

If there is one thing Twitter collectively loves just much as trolling politicians, it's finding and creating new words (did you already forget about "covfefe?"). Most recently, Twitter users have been gaga over the new, feminist-y term “hepeated" (a…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

How To Not Culturally Appropriate On Halloween This Year

When Halloween rolls around, I have three thoughts on my mind: I can’t wait to go to a haunted house, I want hot apple cider, and I wonder who will have the most viral racist costume this year. Every Halloween is like being stuck in a Twilight Zone, …
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

An Australian Guy Tried To Kick A Dog Wearing A Marriage Equality Scarf

The past couple months have been tumultuous for Australia's LGBT rights advocates, to say the very least. While Australian activists have been fighting hard for marriage equality as the country kicks off its non-binding plebiscite this month, a dog n…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro