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ADCET Webinar: Affirming LGBTIQA+ people with disability

ADCET is delighted to bring unique voices speaking on inclusion to our webinar series. For this webinar we invited speaker, writer, university lecturer, spoken-word performer and theatre producer Jax Jacki Brown (OAM) to speak on the experiences of LGBTIQA+ people with disability.

Jax (they/them) explored the experiences of LGBTIQA+ people with disability through a social model of disability and intersectional lens. They utilised their lived experience as well as drawing on research into LGBTIQA+ people with disability to unpack the key issues of access and inclusion for this group.

Jax also provided practical ways you can be supportive and affirming when working with LGBTIQA+ people with disability. They explored pronouns, how to use them and why they are important. 

Audience: VET and Higher Education tertiary sector staff and students and anyone who wants to understand inclusion and intersectionality.

Presenter

Jax is seated in their manual wheelchair smiling at the camera. They are wearing a black shirt with blue, green, orange and red frogs on it, blue shorts and maroon boots with rainbow laces. They have short black hair and are wearing glasses. Their right-hand is touching their glasses so you can see their wheelchair feminist tattoo. Image credit: Equality Institute and Eliza Allard photography

Jax Jacki Brown (OAM)

Jax (they/them) is an esteemed disability and LGBTIQA+ rights activist, writer, educator and consultant. Their tireless commitment to LGBTIQA+ disability human rights and advocacy has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Jax utilises their experience as a queer non-binary wheelchair user to explore intersectional identities. They view disability as a socio-political question and wants to see solutions with an intersectional lens and equality, access, and human rights at the heart of it.  

Jax has served on the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group, and the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Disability Reference Group.

Jax is interested in how we can build a just and equitable society which fosters resilience, pride and community for LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities.

Please Note: Questions that were unanswered during the webinar will be answered by Jax in the coming days and then added to this page.

Resources to support LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities  

Rainbow Rights: Self-advocacy: A group run by and for LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disabilities

Spectrum Intersections: LGBTIQA+ Neurodiverse  peer group

Rainbow Inclusion: A website for LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities

Our Rainbow Lives Website

Thorne Harbour Health and Inclusion Melbourne-LGBTIQA+ disability NDIS resources

Sexuality, Education, Counselling and Consultancy Agency (WA) (not LGBTIQA+ specific)

Research about LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities

The Everyday Experiences of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) People Living with Disability Report, 2018

More than Ticking a Box: LGBTIQA+ People with Disability Talking about their Lives Report, 2021

ADCET is hosted by the University of Tasmania