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The Intersection of LGBTIQA+ and Disability in Regional Victoria

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Regional areas are often without proper physical access for people in wheelchairs or walking aids, as many buildings were built in a time before accessibility was acknowledged as a human right. Many historical buildings are not able to be modified due to the constraints around heritage overlays, making the addition of elevators or hearing loops difficult. This lack of access can leave people living with disability isolated and rejected by society.

But there are no physical walls around the LGBTIQA+ community. Yet, there is often a lack of access, and inclusion, for Queer people living with seen and unseen disabilities who try to engage with the broader LGBTIQA+ community. This lack of inclusion ensures only the "able" can gain access and fully participate in the rainbow community. Events are often created without thought to the needs of, or adherence to inclusive practices for, people living with disability.

This event is created to centre the voices of regional Queer people living with disability. Panelists will be given the platform to publicly share their personal expression of what Pride means for them, while offering insights into how the LGBTIQA+ community can become better allies for Queer people living with disability.

This event will be broadcast live, from the studio of the award winning LaNCE TV, to community television station C31 Melbourne and simulcast across participating Facebook pages as part of Victoria's Pride - Regional Activation Program

Be a member of the live studio audience to engage with this special panel presentation exploring what it means to live in regional Victoria, as a member of the LGBTIQA+ community with the intersection of disability.

*Our studio is wheelchair accessible
*A Roger hearing augmentation system is available for the hearing impaired

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 is still in our community. Stay home if you're unwell and reduce the spread of the virus. For current COVID information please refer to https://www.betterhealth.vic.g...

[Image Description: The image has a stylized human figure against a dark gray background. The figure has the LGBTIQA+ progress flag in the shape of Victoria on its chest. The figure is encircled by various disability symbols including sign language, blind, neurodiversity, wheelchair, and mental health. The colours used in this design reflect the colours of the Disability Pride Flag.

Each color in the flag has a meaning:

    Red - physical disabilities
    Gold - neurodiversity
    White - invisible disabilities and disabilities that haven't yet been diagnosed
    Blue - emotional and psychiatric disabilities, including mental illness, anxiety, and depression
    Green - for sensory disabilities, including deafness, blindness, lack of smell, lack of taste, audio processing disorder, and all other sensory disabilities.

    The faded black background indicates mourning and rage for victims of ableist violence and abuse.

Also in this image on the bottom right on the image showing the Wheelchair and Hearing Loop symbols, signaling that the venue is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop].

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