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Outing Disability: My Best Friend. Photo by Belinda Mason
June 20, 2018

Outing Disability

Outing Disability is a photographic journey documenting the stories of LGBTIQ people with disability. Through portrait photographs and voice, 23 people share their hopes, dreams, struggles and triumphs. They tell their stories of coming out, exploring identity, discovering love and finding pride.

The entirety of the work is an exhibition comprised of photographic panels, audio stories and a documentary. If you could like to see the exhibition, you can visit the Outing Disability website.

Who are the project partners?

Outing Disability is led by Family Planning NSW, and is produced in collaboration with internationally acclaimed photographer Belinda Mason. She’s a photographer who focuses her work on developing platforms for people who experience multiple forms of discrimination, and is well known for her Intimate Encounters project.

What is Intimate Encounters?

This is a portrait photography project in which people with disability proudly display their sexuality. Most recently, Belinda collaborated on a short film (as one of the screenwriters) called Intimate Encounters 20 Years On. This film focuses on the participants who were part of her Intimate Encounters project and made its world premiere as part of the 2018 Sydney Film Festival. You can read a little more about it right here.

Outing Disability: Stephen and Lisa. Photo by Belinda Mason
Outing Disability: Stephen and Lisa. Photo by Belinda Mason

When did Outing Disability begin?

The project was originally launched in 2014 and premiered at the Sydney Mardi Gras in February of that year. It went on to be exhibited at a series of other venues in 2015 and 2016.

What’s happening now?

Family Planning NSW has recently received funding to expand the current collection of photos and stories. The funding will also contribute to holding an exhibition later this year at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, NSW.

Can I get involved?

Yes. The project organisers are now looking for new people who would like to be part of the project and tell their stories.

When and where is this happening?

The photo shoot will be held in Sydney in July 2018.

What about my expenses?

Outing Disability participants will be reimbursed for their expenses. Family Planning NSW will discuss this with you when you express your interest.

How can I express interest in participating?

You can email expressing interest to [email protected] or by calling Family Planning NSW at 02 8752 4304.


Feature photo: My Best Friend by Belinda Mason

This page was first published on 20 June 2018.