Sydney Mardi Gras to celebrate LGBTI people with disabilities with ‘Fearless Float’

Photograph of Mardi Gras 2018, with group People with Disabilities Australia celebrating on the street

LGBTI people with disabilities will show their pride in Sydney Mardi Gras this year on the ‘Fearless Express’.

The float aims to raise awareness of public transport accessibility issues.

Oragnizers previously held a ‘Evolution to Inclusion’ float last year to help queer disabled people show their colours.

But this year’s float will bring together the work of five different LGBTI disability groups.

This includes: Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Women with Disability Australia (WWDA), Northcott, and People with Disability Australia (PWDA).

Raising awareness is ‘essential’

Significantly, PWDA President Dr David Abello said people with disabilities being able to access public transport is essential.

‘Many people with disability find public transport difficult to access,’ said Abello.

‘This is a huge barrier to their participation in work, recreation and other activities that non-disabled people take for granted.

‘Inaccessible public transport isolates us, it cuts us off from LGBTIQA+ communities.

‘It makes it hard for some of us to make friends, find partners, have relationships and celebrate disability LGBTIQA+ pride!’

Notably, LGBTI disability artist Georgia Cranko will lead the Fearless Express for Mardi Gras.

Speaking exclusively to Gay Star News she said: ‘Fearless Express isn’t about pity, it’s about our right to have equal access to our communities.

‘Showing the diversity and joy that exists in the disability world.

‘I hope will shift some perceptions about our quality of life and our entitlement to be a part of social and cultural life.’

LGBTI people with disabilities face discrimination 

However, a study dropped in 2018 showed that 46% of LGBTI people living with disabilities have experienced discrimination in the past year.

‘LGBTI people with disability experience discrimination from within both LGBTI and disability communities,’ the report said.

Above all, the findings found research in the area is limited, with policy and practice described as ‘fragmented’ and ‘under-resourced’.

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