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LGTBQIA+ Disability Advocacy and Connection

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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. This program aims to increase connection, reduce social isolation, and build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project is funded by the Victorian Government and is delivered by LGBTQIA+ people with disability who are employed by or volunteering 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 over 18 years of age, and have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also 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.

For reference:

  • 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 encompasses a spectrum of physical, mental, cognitive, learning, neurodivergent and/or sensory disabilities. We recognise both self-identified and formally diagnosed disabilities. The words disability and disabled are used to describe the shared social identity of all people who have any kind of disability. We use this term with the understanding that all disabilities and identities are unique, and that not all disabled people experience the same disadvantages or privileges regarding social or economic status.
  • 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 combination of online and in-person programs.

Online Peer-led Support Group

A group for disabled LGBTQIA+ people, their friends, family, and supporters who are seeking connection and social support. This group is facilitated by LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities and is a space to come together in an environment that aims to be as accessible and as free from judgement as possible.

These sessions offer room to share our experiences with each other around navigating relationships and dating, safety and accessibility, self-care, intersectionality, activism, social justice, favourite movies, foods, and whatever else we feel like talking about. The aim of this group is to foster a safe space for connection, understanding, education, acceptance, community, visibility, and fun!

Outdoor Adventure Group

We will run accessible outdoor excursions to various locations in Victoria. These one-off events are for people who are disabled and identify as part of the LGBTIQA+ community. Friends, family and supporters are welcome. These events are hosted by LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities.

These events offer opportunities to connect with each other in an outdoor setting. Some events may include gentle hiking, art and craft sessions, and observing the environment. Specific event information will be included in the registration form below.

When and where?

Online Peer-led Support Group

Fortnightly via Zoom on Monday’s from 6pm – 7:30pm.

Feel free to come to as many or as few sessions as you want!

Peer group dates for 2022:

  • 21st February
  • 7th March
  • 21st March
  • 4th April
  • 22nd April (running on the Friday due to the Monday Public Holiday)
  • 2nd May
  • 16th May
  • 30th May
  • 10th June (running on the Friday due to the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday)
  • 27th June

In-person Outdoor Adventure Group

A range of accessible outdoor nature-based excursions for LGBTIQA+ people with disability. Excursions to various locations near Naarm/Melbourne will run between May and June 2022. Details for each event can be found in the registration link below.

Cost 

Free!  

Accessibility?

We recognise everyone has varying accessibility needs and we will discuss specific individual access needs upon registration. 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 and external sites
  • Varying seating options
  • Quiet spaces
  • Lighting adjustments

Online specific

  • Live captioners if needed
  • Reading from the chat

Please also see attending queerspace appointments, groups, or training.

How do I sign up? 

Sorry registrations have closed for the time being.

Have questions?

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Phone: (03) 9663 6733

Email: queerspacedisability@ds.org.au