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Outing Disability

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Outing Disability is heading to Melbourne!

The exhibition is part of Hobsons Bay City Council’s month of celebrations for the International Day of People with a Disability.

Hobsons Bay City Council and The Substation and are proud to present a selection of five of the portraits as part of this installation. The Substation billboards show to over 10,000 commuters a day as they pass through Newport Station.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Peter Hemphill said the photos by internationally acclaimed photographer Belinda Mason would challenge many people’s assumptions about disability.  

“This will be an extraordinary photographic installation, and we are proud to see it come to Hobsons Bay for International Day of People with a Disability,” said the Mayor.

What: Outing Disability billboard installation

When: 20 November 2015 to 15 January 2016

Where: The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport VIC 3015


For more information about the exhibition contact Rob Hardy on 02 8752 4306 or email

About Outing Disability

Outing Disability is an innovative project aimed at increasing awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people with disability. The project includes a highly praised photographic exhibition, short film, resources and other advocacy activities.

Family Planning NSW is proud to present Outing Disability in collaboration with Newcastle Region Library and internationally acclaimed photographer Belinda Mason. Outing Disability invites you on a reflective journey into the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people with disability. This captivating series of portraits provides a rare insight into the hopes and dreams of 23 unique people as they share their struggles and triumphs of coming out, exploring identity, discovering love and finding pride. Challenge you own assumptions about disability and enter a world of strength and celebration of diversity.

View a selection of artworks from the Outing Disability photographic exhibition.

Short film presented by Family Planning NSW in collaboration with filmmakers Liam and Dieter Knierim.

Our advocacy work

The Outing Disability project advocates for increased inclusion and recognition of the sexual rights of LGBTIQ people with disability such as:

  • improving access to LGBTIQ services and community life for people with disability
  • building the capacity of disability service providers to deliver inclusive services to LGBTIQ people
  • increasing social opportunities for LGBTIQ people with disability to connect with others
  • developing accessible information about LGBTIQ issues for people with intellectual disability including easy-to-read resources.

Find out more about our disability advocacy work.

LGBTIQ people with disability

LGBTIQ people with disability face multiple discriminations that can impact their ability to experience sexuality and gender as positive aspects of their lives. People with disability are often assumed to be asexual and therefore lacking a sexual or gender identity.  They may also be assumed to be exclusively heterosexual. This has resulted in people with disability not being recognised as unique individuals with the diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status as seen in the community at large.

LGBTIQ people with disability can struggle to find appropriate support from disability services. It can also be difficult for people with disability to find a place within the LGBTIQ community. Barriers such as limited physical access, social exclusion and a lack of accessible information mean that joining in community life can be challenging.

Developed to address the invisibility, isolation and exclusion experienced by LGBTIQ people with disability, Outing Disability used a consumer engagement approach to ensure people with disability were not only subjects of the exhibition but valued participants in all aspects of the project.


Easy-to-read factsheets on lesbian, gay, bixsexual and transgender topics are available on our All About Sex webpage.

Outing Disability poster series: A set of three powerful and thought provoking images and quotes from the photographic exhibition.

Poster 1: ‘I know who I am

Poster 2: ‘Strength of self

Poster 3: ‘Glad to be out

Find out how to order copies of this resource.

Outing Disability working group

The Outing Disability project was guided by a dedicated working group of people with intellectual disability. The group met over a six month period and provided invaluable advice and direction on the development and implementation of the project. Special thanks to Steve, Meredith, Anthony, Daniel and Stephen.

Exhibition premiere

The Outing Disability exhibition was launched at the Seymour Centre in February 2014 as an official event of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Such was the success of Outing Disability the exhibition will commence a regional tour of NSW with plans to tour nationally.

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Want more info about sexuality and disability?

To find out more about our work with the disability sector including information about resources, our advocacy work, and education and training opportunities go to our disability information page

Contact Us

To contact the Disability team:
Phone: (02) 8752 4300

A Family Planning NSW project with
funding from City of Sydney and The Aurora Group

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and support from the Seymour Centre, The Substation, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 
the City of Newcastle and Hobsons Bay City Council.

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