LGBTI people with disability sought for photo project
LGBTIQ people with a disability are being sought to take part in a photography exhibition to be shown during the 2014 Mardi Gras Festival.
Spearheaded by Family Planning NSW, participants will have their portrait taken by photographer Belinda Mason for Outing Disability, which aims to make visible the diversity in sexuality, sex and gender among people with disability.
It’s a group that often overlooked by both queer mainstream culture, says Family Planning NSW senior health promotion officer, Rob Hardy.
“People with disability have the same sexual desires and aspirations as people without disability” Hardy said.
“Research reveals a persistent attitude that people with disability are either asexual or heterosexual, and exclusively male or female, but this is simply not the case. Family Planning NSW is challenging these false assumptions by portraying the true sexuality, sex and gender diversity of people with disability.”
Belinda Mason, the 2008 winner of the Moran photography prize, is known for her work exploring taboo social issues. Her previous work about sexuality and disability, Intimate Encounters, toured Australia for seven years.
The project is searching for 15 subjects for photo shoots on Saturday, November 23.
Couples with disabilities are also welcome.
More information about the project is available at www.fpnsw.org.au/glbtdisability.