Outing Disability exhibition opens at Newcastle Region Library

Internationally acclaimed photographer Belinda Mason has developed a new photographic exhibition on display at Newcastle Region Library from 8-30 May 2015. Outing Disability, developed in collaboration with Family Planning NSW, is an intimate portrait series which takes the viewer on a journey into the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people with disability.

Outing Disability showcases photographic portraits with individuals’ stories of coming out, transitioning, dating, and finding acceptance in a world that often makes invisible the sexuality of people with disability.

“The Library can play an active role in fostering an inclusive community so we are delighted to be able to host the exhibition as part of the acknowledgement of IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, on Friday 15 May," said Library Manager Suzie Gately. 

The exhibition provides an opportunity to share stories with the broader community. It allows individuals to make a powerful statement, challenge others’ assumptions and celebrate the diversity of people with disability."

Rob Hardy of Family Planning NSW noted that the first exhibition of this series was a great triumph for the participants involved.

"There is a social taboo around the fact that people with disability have diverse sex, sexuality and gender, like anyone else – so there’s a great satisfaction in being able to tell the world ‘This is me!," he said.

Disability Service Provider Forum

Friday 22 May, 1pm – 4pm

This forum will explore strategies for supporting sexual and gender diversity within disability services. Hear personal stories and gain new resources to support your work.

IDAHO- International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Friday 15 May, 11am

Join us to celebrate (IDAHO) with local authors, entertainment and the rainbow crossing. RSVP essential phone 4974 5300> 

For more information www.fpnsw.org.au/outingdisability

Source: Newcastle City Council