In Our Words
Stories from the Intersection of LGBTQIA+ Identity and Disability

Explore the many lived experiences of Disabled people identifying as LGBTQIA+

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ISBN 9781915734556
  Pages 180

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"In Our Words is a book I wish had been available when I was a teenager, grappling with issues of sexuality and disability."Dr Alastair McEwin AM, Former Commissioner, Disability Royal Commission; Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner

What can we learn from the lived experiences of Disabled people identifying as LGBTQIA+?

Through a series of personal reflections, In Our Words follows the difficult journeys of a number of Queer and Disabled authors from coming out to arriving at a place of positive identity.

This empowering collection discusses the discrimination and hatred faced by the Queer and Disabled community, and shares how these barriers can be overcome to arrive at a place of self-acceptance and love. Through examples, this book aims to promote a sense of unity and pride.

Through tales of self-reflection, insight, and discovery, this book is ideal reading for students of Disability Studies, LGBTQIA+ Studies, Social Work, and Gender Studies as well as Queer Disabled folk.

Wayne Herbert is an international speaker, MC, comedian, and writer. The current Vice President of Meridian, a Canberra community-controlled organisation working to prevent and ameliorate HIV, he also serves on the board of LGBTIQ+ Health Australia. Wayne was nominated as the 2017 Australian Capital Territory Australian of the year for services to the LGBTQIA+ and Disability communities.

Yenn Purkis (they/them) is an author, public servant, and advocate for Autistic people and their families. Living with diagnoses of Autism, ADHD, and atypical schizophrenia, Yenn is a frequent speaker on the topics of neurodiversity, mental health, gender, and employment, and facilitates a support group for Autistic women and non-binary people.

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