An open, honest and on occasions humourous exploration of the lived realities of disabled and LGBT+ people. In each episode I will talk to someone who is both disabled and LGBT+ and discuss the challenges they face and how they seek to live their best life.
Daniel Lol - Parapride
Welcome to the final episode of this first series. Yes that's right the sad news is that this is the last episode in the current series...the great news is that I have a fantastic guest to finish the series with!!
Join me as I speak to Daniel Lol, , one of the founding members of ParaPride, an organisation that very much embodies what this podcast is about, exploring the intersection of disability and LGBTQ+ issues. I met Daniel a few months ago when we worked on a couple of projects together and I've been keen to get him onto the podcast since!!
Daniel is a double-leg amputee and a gay man and he shares openly some of the challenges he's had to face adjusting to being a disabled person and re-entering the LGBTQ+ community. he explains how these experiences led him to form ParPride and we also discuss issues around self-care and both physical and cultural disablism within the LGBTQ+ community and society more generally.
You can find out more about the work of ParaPride via their website www.parapride.org and I'd really encourage you to check out the work they do and support them if you can.
As ever thanks to you all for listening and for your fantastic feedback on the episodes thus far. This may be the last episode for a while but don't worry I'll be back soon enough with some more great guests sharing their lived experiences of being both disabled and LGBTQ+.
Being Neurodivergent & LGBT Part 2 - Sam Hope
Welcome to part 2 of my focus on what it means to be neurodiverse and LGBT. Join me as I speak with Sam Hope, a non binary trans person with a combination of impairments.
I've known Sam pretty much from the early days of my own gender journey and I continue to be challenged and inspired by what they have to say on what it means to be LGBT and disabled. Sam talks about their own experiences of being trans, non-binary and being diagnosed as being autistic and having ADHD. They discuss the many ways in which the various different aspects of their identity have impacted on their life and led them to working as a counsellor, trainer and equality advocate.
You can find out more about the work Sam does via their website www.sam-hope.co.uk and I would encourage you to do so.
Being Neurodivergent & LGBT - part 1 Jorik Mol
As I've spoken to more and more people who are both disabled and LGBT+ there is a theme that's arisen i.e. that of the prevalence of those who are neurodivergent and LGBT+. I've already touched on this in a few previous episodes but for the next two I thought I'd take a more detailed look at the issues around this.
In this first of two episodes focusing on this I speak to Jorik Mol, an autistic gay man who speaks very openly and honestly about his experiences of being both queer and neurodivergent both in his home country of Holland and more recently living and working in the UK
We touch on a range of issues and as you might imagine Jorik has plenty to say which I'm sure will resonate with those of you who are also neurodiverse and LGBT or simply want to learn more about this topic.
I must also advise you that there is duiscussion of issues around mental ill-health, suicide and homophobic abuse .
You can get in touch with Jorik and find out more about this work via his website www.jorikmol.com
Telling their story - Aym Maidment
Join me as I talk with a fellow podcaster, fantasy writer, cat lover and all round fabulous person Aym Madement. I met Aym through my work at the University of Oxford and thought they would be a perfect person to have on the podcast.
I talk with them about their experiences of having a range of invisible disabilities, being non-binary and how this has impacted them in everyday life and the world of work. As you'll hear we discuss a range of issues including spoon theory, experiences of coming out at work and even touch on a subject I'm still learning about...cats!!
You can get in touch with Aym on twitter via @aymtellsstories and do chekcout their podcasts, "The Campaign Trail" and "Reversing Polarity".
Love, Faith and Pride - Vikki Walton-Cole
Greetings and welcome to the first episode of 2021!! The past few months have been incredibly challenging for us all within the disabled and LGBT+ community and I've had my own share of personal loss which I explain here.
The main focus of this episode is an interview with the fabulous Vikki Walton-Cole, a social worker and LGBT and disability campaigner from Surrey who I met through a shared intrest in another passion of mine, music!!!!
Join me as I talk to Vikki about her own experiences of disability and coming out as pansexual. She shares with us the highs and lows of this journey and talks about her experience of being brought up in a Christian family and how this has led her to be involved in the Greenbelt festival. She also talks about how she got involved in organising her local Pride and and how there's still a need for a wider understanding of disability access within the Pride community.
"Let love live" Robin Edwards
In this latest episode it is my great pleasure to speak to Robin Edwards, a good friend of mine from Nottingham. Robin talks openly and honestly about his experiences of being diagnosed as autistic and how he feels this did / didn't impact on his life, love and transition. We also talk about the apparent prevalence of people who are both LGBT+ and neurodiverse and why this might be along with comments on the specific challenges of being a trans man in the current social and political context. I first met Robin through my involvement in the Notts Trans hub https://nottstranshub.wordpress.com and it was really great to be able to have this opportunity to talk to him in more detail.