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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.  

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