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LGTBQIA+ Disability Advocacy and Connection

Why does this project exist? 

LGTBQIA+ Disability Advocacy and Connection is a free specialist service provided by and for LGBTQIA+ people with disability and their friends and family to connect with peers, access information, and build resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It will provide flexible outreach programs and systemic advocacy. 

This project is funded by the Victorian Government and is delivered by LGBTQIA+ people with disability and their allies who are employed by or in partnership with drummond street services. It is built in consultation with LGBTQIA+ disability community members and driven by an intersectional approach. 

Who is it for? 

All Victorian LGBTQIA+ disabled people, their friends, and their family, who are or have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that different aspects of a person’s identity may expose them to overlapping discrimination and marginalisation, and that certain communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we encourage First Nations people, QTIPOC, refugees and international students and visitors, sex workers, and people with low income, criminal records, and/or housing instability to access this service.  

  • LGBTQIA+ includes but is not limited to; a person who is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Gender Diverse, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, BrotherBoy, SisterGirl, Pansexual etc. 
  • Disability comprises of formal and self-diagnosis and includes, but is not limited to; chronic health condition/s, paraplegia, quadriplegia, short stature, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, ADHD, neurodivergence, brain injury, autism, mental health conditions, hearing impairments, d/Deaf, visual impairments etc. 
  • Friends and family can include carers, biological and chosen family, support workers, and allies. 

What does it look like? 

LGBTQIA+ Disability Advocacy and Connection will offer a wide range of programs that aim to build capacity and create lasting connection throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. There will be a combination of online and in-person activities. We are currently working on specific programs that will run under this project. 

When and where? 

Programs will begin in early 2022! We will ensure to have a combination of online and in-person programs. In-person programs will likely run at Drummond Street Services’ sites in Naarm/Melbourne on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country, and Djilang/Geelong on Wathaurong Country. 

Cost 

Free!  

Accessibility? 

We recognise everyone has varying accessibility needs and are happy to discuss specific individual access needs. Examples of access needs may be: 

General 

  • Plain English 
  • Auslan interpreters if needed 
  • Translators if needed 

In-person specific 

  • Wheelchair accessible rooms and bathrooms in Drummond Street Services sites 
  • Varying seating options 
  • Quiet spaces 
  • Lighting adjustments 

Online specific 

  • Live captioners if needed 
  • Reading from the chat 

Please also seeattending queerspace appointments, groups or training 

How do I sign up? 

More information on how to sign up will be available soon! Watch this space. 

If you would like to contribute your ideas and feedback during this planning stage, you can do so via this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTPCJTN  

To get in touch contact queerspacedisability@ds.org.au