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21 June 2022   |    News

New Edinburgh Group for Disabled LGBTQ People

Queer Disabled Spoonies is a new inclusive group for queer people, disabled people, their friends, family, carers, and allies to get together, support one another, create, craft, play board games, and organise intersectionally and in solidarity with other marginalised people.

You don’t have to be LGBTQIA+, disabled, or identify as queer to attend, but this space will be about centring the needs, experiences, and voices of people who identify themselves as queer and/or disabled/chronically ill.

The group plans to meet every first and third Thursday of the month between 17:30 and 20:30 at Shrub Zero Waste Hub in Edinburgh (22 Bread St, EH3 9AF).

The venue is accessed either by a staff-operated ramp or a single step. Once inside, the venue is on one level with gender neutral accessible toilet facilities.

Two volunteers will be on hand in the café area to serve hot and cold drinks, as well as the café’s usual food options. There will also be vegan and gluten free snack food available made by the group organisers.

Donations made for these, as well as to help cover the running costs and venue hire will be greatly appreciated if you are in a position to do so.

It will be set up such that people can sit and chat/organise at one table, craft or make things together at another, play board games at a third, or sit quietly at the chill out tables.

If you have dietary requirements or access needs not catered for already, please contact the group organisers/admins who will work with you to make this space as safe and accessible as possible for you (red heart emoji)

A note from the organisers – Please note that while we understand that people can learn, grow and change, we cannot tolerate behaviour that makes the space unsafe for others. We aim to make this space safer for all queer and disabled people, and for our attendees to listen with respect to each other’s lived experiences and meet each other where we are all at with solidarity and kindness. We may have come from different experiences and oppressions but we can do great things to help each other if we meet with kindness.

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