Since the 1990s, the number of Autism (or Aspergers Syndrome) diagnoses has been increasing. In response to this, a number of social, campaigning and support groups have been set up in the wider community and more recently, in the LGBT+ community. Such groups, for autistic LGBT+ people, have been set up in Manchester and Sheffield, and it is now hoped to set one up in Glasgow.
Many processes required to recognise and to publicly identify and win “rights” as an LGBT+ person are mirrored when trying to achieve the same things as an Autistic/Aspergic person. We believe that there has to be a place for LGBT+ autistic people to discuss the issues they face in both the general and LGBT+ communities. These issues might, for instance, include the lack of LGBT-specific educational and social resources in the Autism community and the lack of Autism-specific social events and spaces in the LGBT+ community.
Therefore, a meeting to explore these issues will take place on the 17th September at 1pm, in the LGBT Health & Wellbeing premises at 12 Queens Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9AS. The meeting is for autistic LGBT+ people of 16 years of age, or older. You can also bring a friend or carer to the meeting, if you wish to do so. You don’t have to have an official diagnosis of “Autism” or “Asperger’s Syndrome” to attend the meeting: it’s enough that you identify yourself as being autistic/aspergic.
The meeting is expected to last for approximately two hours (although you can leave at any time before that). Please let us know if you would like to attend (and whether you have any access needs related to the meeting) by contacting email@example.com