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‘I want to choose – its more transformative if you get the right person’

This was the overriding statement from a well-attended joint presentation of findings from the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol, Stonewall – national campaigning organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, or Intersex (LGBTQI+) equality, Regard – a national disabled people’s organisation for LGBTQI+ equality and the Social Care Institute of Excellence – a national organisation with a remit to improve the lives of people who use social care, at the end of October 2017 in London.

LGBTQI+ disabled people, self—directed social care support.  The principal investigator for this project was Professor David Abbott.

The focus of self-directed support is a way of people having more choice and control over their social care support. The aims of this study were threefold.  Firstly, to understand more about the little researched experiences of using self-directed social care support by LGBTQI+ disabled people.  Secondly to discover if they are, or could be, supported by adult social care professionals through self-directed social care. Finally, they also aimed to improve social care professionals understanding of and approaches to LGBTQI+ disabled people, so enhancing care experiences.

This research project also aimed at gaining insight from support workers and personal assistants (PA) on ways to successfully support and empower LGBTQI+ disabled people and to overcome challenges or barriers encountered.

The study involved qualitative interviews with 20 LGBTQI+ disabled people; a focus group for PA’s and a survey of 56 LGBTQI+ disabled adults who used self-directed social care in England.

Key findings from the study showed that more often than not, people in the study felt their sexual orientation or gender identity were ignored. Other concerns included coming out to social care staff jeopardising support; difficulties in recruiting and retaining good Pas; difficulties in securing support for social /leisure opportunities, which has led to social isolation; and reactions of other people.

In relation to assessments, it was found that these should emphasise the whole person, and not ignore sexual orientation or gender identity. A common comment related to this not being found on forms, just binary male/female. It was recommended that professional staff should draw upon their training, ethical practice and legal obligations to raise equalities issues confidently and sensitively.

Overall, in both interviews and surveys, people talked about the many benefits and challenges encountered in relation to self-directed social care support.  There is also a need for more targeted support and information for LGBTQI+ disabled people as well as more information for their PAs.

A full range of the research findings and other resources developed by the project can be found on the SCIE website.


‘Voices and Visibility’: new LGBT wallchart

There is a new FREE TO DOWNLOAD LGBT wallchart available, highlighting key legal milestones, events and individuals within UK context. Produced by the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions in association with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month, the wallchart focuses particularly on the contributions of the labour movement.

Go HERE to download your copy, and maybe even print and post it somewhere visible!


Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt on why the charity is going trans inclusive · PinkNews

Ruth Hunt took over as CEO of Stonewall last yearAs Stonewall England and Wales announced plans to begin lobbying on trans issues, PinkNews caught up with CEO Ruth Hunt to talk about the reasons why, and why now.

In an historic move, gay rights charity Stonewall today announced that it will begin lobbying on trans issues.

The charity, which previously only lobbied only on gay, lesbian and bisexual issues in England and Wales, announced on Monday that it would now also include trans issues in its brief.

via Interview: Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt on why the charity is going trans inclusive · PinkNews.


US: Governor of Michigan voids 300 same-sex marriages, claims they ‘never existed’ ·

The Governor of Michigan has voided the marriages of more than 300 same-sex couples, who wed while marriage equality was briefly legal in the state.

US District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage in March, leading clerks in several counties to immediately start performing marriages.

The ban was put back into place after 300 couples had already married – leaving them in legal limbo pending appeal – until the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban this week.

In new court filings yesterday, the state’s Republican governor Rick Snyder said that his administration will treat the marriages as if they “never existed”.

Read the full article at: US: Governor of Michigan voids 300 same-sex marriages, claims they ‘never existed’ ·

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