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Mardi Gras Exhibition Celebrates Sexuality of LGBTIQ People with Disability

In what is a timely reminder that inclusion is an ongoing community priority, Family Planning NSW is launching a new exhibition, Outing Disability, as an official event of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.


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As we gear up for another action-packed Mardi Gras, it’s easy to forget what life is like for marginalised groups who struggle to participate in LGBTIQ community life.
In what is a timely reminder that inclusion is an ongoing community priority, Family Planning NSW is launching a new exhibition, Outing Disability, as an official event of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
This photographic exhibition, shot by internationally acclaimed photographer Belinda Mason, celebrates diversity in the lives of LGBTIQ people living with disability.
Running from Thursday 6th February through to Saturday 1st March, Outing Disability features intimate and captivating photographic portraits that tell the stories of unique identities and relationships. 
According to Family Planning CEO, Ann Brassil, the exhibition aims to bring attention to the great diversity of sex, sexuality and gender amongst an often invisible group of people.
“We have worked in partnership with all those whose stories are showcased in the exhibition to ensure their voices are heard and their stories told – the exhibition has been created in a way that is accessible and engaging,” said Ann.
Senior Health Promotion Officer, Rob Hardy adds, “We hope the exhibition will provide an opportunity for the broader community to consider how we see and embrace people with disability - to think about how we as individuals, and as a society, can work to be more inclusive.”
The event, being held with the support of the City of Sydney, will be launched on Thursday 6th February by Sydney’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Robyn Kemmis. The launch will include personal stories from people captured in these stunning photographs, bringing personal experience and insight to this intimate series. 
Exhibition dates: Thursday 6th February 2014 – Saturday 1st March 2014 
Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm | Sat 11am-6pm
Venue: Everest Foyer, Seymour Centre (Upstairs)
 Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale 
 
An audio description of the photographic works will be available for download via the Family Planning NSW website throughout the exhibition. 
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