ParaPride is a new charity that focuses on the intersection between the disabled and the LGBTQ+ communities.
ParaPride exists to ensure the experience of all members of the LGBTQ+ community is fun, welcoming and equal. We intend to execute this ambition through:
- Increasing visibility and volume of inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ disabled people, (this includes physical or non-visible disabilities, sensory impairments, deaf and hard of hearing, neurodiverse, mental health, etc.)
- Producing inclusive events that cater for different types of diversities, and working with venues and other social spaces to produce events that include LGBTQ disabled community.
- Promoting information and resources and awareness training for better consideration of the obstacles faced by these communities
The disabled community is particularly vulnerable to the effects of homophobia and transphobia and are frequently the victims of harassment, abuse and violence. This is an incredibly isolating experience and existence. All members of our community need to be enabled to participate in order to help to combat these effects, as well as to combat the social exclusion that surrounds having a disability more generally. ParaPride believes that everyone is entitled to engage with the communities they wish to, to build relationships, have fun and feel included in the activities presented to them. Disabled people have traditionally been unintentionally excluded from the common experience. This needs to change and we are the ones who intend to change it.
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