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Out Spoken

The project involves autistic people and people with a learning disability who are also LGBTQI+, to improve access to services and inclusion in the community. LGBTQI+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex.
Out Spoken
Out Spoken has free self-advocacy workshops for LGBTQI+ adults in Leeds who are autistic, starting in February 2022. Please click on the links below for more information:
Also from February 2022, we are running twice-monthly peer support sessions. These are for LGBTQI+ people who are autistic and/or have a learning disability who also live in Yorkshire. More information and booking details are at the link below:
What is the project?

Building on the success of the pilot project we will carry on raising awareness of the barriers that make life harder for LGBTQI+ autistic people and those who have a learning disability. People who have experienced this will guide the project, helping us to create and deliver training and accessible resources. 

The project will offer opportunities for support and socialising together through peer support activities. This will increase people’s confidence so helping to strengthen their voices. We have already learnt that his will lead to people getting better services for themselves. Professionals, LGBTQI+ people and the wider community will also understand more about the barriers. This will all help to reduce the discrimination faced by LGBTQI+ autistic people and those who have a learning disability.
CHANGE and the Advonet group are leading this LGBTQI+ Inclusion project together with Yorkshire MESMAC.

What does the project do?

The project will do this by offering:
  • Free self-advocacy courses for LGBTQI+ people (who have a learning disability and/or are autistic) to learn more about their rights and to build up their self-confidence.
  • Co-created peer support programme to increase connections and confidence amongst LGBTQI+ people who have a learning disability and/or are autistic.
  • Free co-created training for Health and Social Care professionals delivered by people who have lived experience of these barriers and discrimination. 
  • New accessible resources.

Who is the project for?
LGBTQI+ autistic people and those who have a learning disability can:
• Come to our free self-advocacy sessions.

Get involved in the peer support activities.

Join our steering group to help us deliver a great project.
Health and Social Care professionals can come to a free course to learn more about how they can provide better services, support people and help us get rid of the barriers.
LGBTQI+ allies, like friends and family can learn more by looking at our website, they can help us spread the word by sharing our social media posts and raising awareness of the barriers and disability discrimination.

Further information

This project is funded by a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.


Get in touch if you have any questions or if you want to get more involved:
Being LGBTQ+: an Easy Read Guide

We produced an Easy Read all about being LGBTQ+. To read a free PDF copy, please go to this link:
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