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Outing Disability is an innovative project aimed at increasing recognition of the sexual rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people with disability.
The project advocates for increased inclusion and access to education and services for this group.
LGBTIQ people with disability face multilayered discriminations that can inhibit their ability to experience sexuality, sex and gender as positive aspects of their lives.
Often assumed to be exclusively heterosexual and exclusively male or female LGBTIQ people with disability can struggle to find appropriate support from disability services. It can also be hard 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 difficult.
Developed to address the invisibility, isolation and exclusion experienced by LGBTIQ people with disability, Outing Disability used a participatory approach to ensure people with disability were not only subjects but valued participants in all aspects of the project.
The Outing Disability project was guided by a dedicated working group of people with disability. The group met over a six month period and provided invaluable advice and direction on the development and implementation of the project.
Held in conjunction with International Day of People with Disability in 2013 the event provided a rare opportunity for LGBTIQ people with intellectual disability to make social connections with other LGBTIQ people with intellectual disability.
Presented by Family Planning NSW in collaboration with internationally acclaimed photographer Belinda Mason 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.
Consisting of 19 captivating portraits of LGBTIQ people with disability the exhibition celebrated diversity in sexuality, sex and gender among people with disability.
To find out more about the exhibition click here.
Presented by Family Planning NSW in collaboration with filmmakers Liam and Dieter Knierim this short film explores the stories of LGBTIQ people with disability, including their struggles and triumphs of coming out, discovering love, exploring relationships, and finding identity and pride.
Tour dates for the Outing Disability exhibition to be announced soon.
A new program will be launched in mid-2014. Family Planning NSW is working in partnership with Waverly Community Living Program to develop a social and education program for LGBTIQ people with disability. Stay tuned for more details.
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To contact the Disability team:
Phone: (02) 8752 4300
Outing Disability is a project of Family Planning NSW with support from City of Sydney.