Disability Across the Rainbow: LGBTQ+ and Disability Intersections

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Introduction: One of the most pervasive stereotypes of people with disabilities is they don’t engage in sexual activity or romantic relationships let alone identify as LGBTQIA+. In this workshop participants will discuss with each other the challenges faced by both people with disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community and compare them. The struggles faced by both groups are so similar because of the societal structures in place. It is more important than ever that both groups come together to celebrate and advocate for each other!

Target Audience: This workshop is offered at no charge for college students who identify as LGBTQIA+, LGBTQIA+ and disabled and allies.

Goals:

Participants will be able to

  • Describe the challenges faced by both people with disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Identify how they can engage in disability advocacy in LGBTQIA+ spaces.
  • Illustrate the work and accomplishments of at least 2 disabled and LGBTQIA+ activists working today.

[Image Description] LBTQIA+ rainbow flag against the sky.
Tentative Workshop Agenda (1.5 -2 hours timing tailored to group needs):

Ice breaker/introductions/ pronoun sharing

Quick Introduction to disability and language facilitator will use

Listing barriers (group activity)

Dismantling barriers (group activity)

Showcasing today’s disability and LGBTQIA+ activists (brief presentation)

What can I do? (reflection activity)

Wrap up/conclusion