Key Area:

LGBTQIA+ People Living with Disability

We began our work in addressing the systemic disadvantage faced by LGBTQIA+ people living with disabilities in 2016. 

Over the course of 10 grant rounds thus far, a range of small, medium and very large disability service providers and community organisations have been funded for ‘change within’, inclusive practices projects.

This provides a range of models other organisations may wish to follow to be more inclusive.

Partner organisations

Our knowledge in this area is significant, but there are many groups that have real expertise and lived experience, and we want to work with them in partnership. Groups we have collaborated with include…

Advisory committee

APRIL 2016–SEPTEMBER 2020

Chair Ian Gould (PFA), Ruth McNair (PFA), Ruby Mountford, Nathan Despott, Jake Lewis, Margherita Coppolino, Jax Jackie Brown, Christine Mulholland (DHHS), Kirrily Hayward (activist), George Taleporos, Jarrod Marrinon, Liam Leonard (La Trobe Uni); Terry Broadway, Michael Langtree & Vicki Morrison (all, Broadtree Foundation); Fiona Smith, Felix Neighbour and Bevin Berkin (DHHS), Keran Howe.

Funding granted to groups advocating for LGBTQIA+ People Living with Disability

Different Journeys

2021

Project funded: We will ensure the LGBTQI community is appropriately represented and supported in our embrace the intersectionality of autism, gender, and sexuality. We will support our communities to be able to access appropriate supports and entitlements. We will employ members of the LGBTQI+/Autism community to attend our events as leaders, mentors, ambassadors and deliver LGBTQI+ topics into our ongoing event programming, community building, advocacy, and communication strategies.

Working It Out

2019

Project funded: Designed a bespoke professional learning package to deliver to the Tasmanian Disability sector, based on existing work already undertaken in this space by Inclusion Melbourne’s Design Lab. The emphasis is on developing LGBTQIA+ inclusive practices within disability support services.

Yooralla

2022

Improve LGBTIQA+ expression within Yooralla via education and training to shape awareness and attitudes: * Min 4 workshops, 4 focus groups for adults with disability

  • Min 4 workshops and support for Yooralla Staff
  • Support safe exploration/supported decision making of persons who may be LGBTIQA+
  • Promote “Coming out is OK” refer to VALID Alliance. * Training materials available free online to disability services nationally.
  • Inclusion Melb “My Rainbow Life” & “The Rainbow Guide”

Deakin University

2018

A social research project to understand the experiences of LGBTIQ and gender diverse people with a disability in Australia today; identify systemic health, social and relational factors that impact on full inclusion and sexual rights; and, develop evidence based recommendations on policy and practice change.

UNI NSW DEMENTIA CENTRE FOR RESEARCH COLLABORATION

2018

We will evaluate a DCRC developed eLearning resource for those providing care to LGBTI peoples with dementia and changed behaviours. Evaluation re meeting knowledge translation goals will help improve the effectiveness of the resource to support change in practice. Collaboration with the National LGBTI Health Alliance – Silver Rainbow LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care will aid evaluation design, resource uptake and recruitment.

Aspergers Victoria Inc

2018

Aspergers Victoria in partnership with The Shed, TGV and Spectrum Intersections will develop portable resource kits to explain common barriers for Autistic LGBTIQA+ People when accessing health services. The kits will be used by individuals for self-advocacy and trialled to set the foundation for creating peer support / advocate roles. A 12-month project that will create and produce educational materials to help bridge communication and cultural barriers faced by Autistic LGBTIQA+ people within the medical system and build future employment pathways for advocates.

Northcott Innovation Ltd

2018

Northcott Innovation (NI) hopes to tackle one of societies last remaining taboos – sexuality and disability, by giving a voice to LGBTQI people with disability in regard to their capacity to engage in sexuality activities of their choosing and the barriers (physical, environmental, social) preventing them from participating in those activities.

Melba Support Services (Victoria)

2017

Melba and partners aim to build capacity of the Disability Sector to improve support and outcomes for people with a disability who identify as LGBTI, by running 12 full-day workshops about LGBTI specific needs and 21 one-on-one planning sessions.

Inclusion Melbourne Inc

2017

Rainbow Health Australia (Formerly GLHV), LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

2016

$20,000 from Broadtree Foundation

An international literature review and re-analysis of Australian data, to build the evidence on lives of LGBTIQ people living with a disability, to inform health service development, community building and culture change to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people living with a disability.

Academic publications

LGBTIQA+ People with Disability printable poster

MARCH 2021

What LGBTIQA+ people with disability are saying - 2021 Pride Foundation event

MARCH 2021

More Than Ticking A Box: LGBTIQA+ People With Disability Talking About Their Lives

MARCH 2021

O’Shea, A., Latham, J., Beaver, S., Lewis, J., Mountford,
R., Rose, M, Trezona, A., Frawley, P. (2020). More than
Ticking a Box: LGBTIQA+ People With Disability Talking
About Their Lives. Geelong: Deakin University

LGBTIQ disability self-advocacy: A report on the results of a survey of LGBTIQ people living with disability in Victoria

NOVEMBER 2020

Lewis, J. & McNair, R. 2020. LGBTIQ disability self-advocacy: A report on the results of a survey of LGBTIQ people living with disability in Victoria

Experiences of LGBTIQA+ People with Disability in Healthcare and Community Services: Towards Embracing Multiple Identities

NOVEMBER 2020

O’Shea, A.; Latham, J.R.; McNair, R.; Despott, N.; Rose, M.; Mountford, R.; Frawley, P. Experiences of LGBTIQA+ People with Disability in Healthcare and Community Services: Towards Embracing Multiple Identities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202017, 8080. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218080

Self Advocacy in Healthcare: A toolkit for LGBTIQA+ autistic people, their family, carers, friends, support workers, and advocates

AUGUST 2020

McNair R, Andrews C, Wark A. Developing a model of care to support trans and gender diverse people experiencing homelessness – final report, 2018, University of Melbourne,  at URL www.lgbtihomeless.org.au

“Where’s the human dignity in that?”: LGBTQIA+ people with intellectual disability exploring sexual lives and respectful relationships

APRIL 2020

Genée Marks, Amie O’Shea, Keith R. McVilly, Patsie Frawley & Nathan Despott (2020) “Where’s the human dignity in that?”: LGBTQIA + people with intellectual disability exploring sexual lives and respectful relationships, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 32:3, 354-376, DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2020.1752875

The everyday experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people living with disability

JULY 2018

McNair R, Andrews C, Wark A. Developing a model of care to support trans and gender diverse people experiencing homelessness – final report, 2018, University of Melbourne,  at URL www.lgbtihomeless.org.au