DRC Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride
Disability Rights California is a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community. Every June, California celebrates the LGBTQ+ community through Pride events.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Pride events have changed over the years. They have gone from radical protests brought on by years of oppression of the queer community, to something more commercial and accepted by mainstream society. However, Pride is still an event where people come together to find their community and resources. Underrepresented people, such as people who are part of the disability community, find Pride a place of hope and connection.
Unfortunately, often events are not accessible for people at the intersection of disability and Queer or Genderqueer. Inaccessibility looks different depending on the type of disability a person has. For some the event may be dangerous if it is not scent-free, has no quiet spaces, or does not have seating for all body types and mobility levels. When this happens, it is clear access is not a priority. Too often events leave out sign language interpreters and accessible restrooms.
Disability Rights California attends Pride events. For example, we attended the San Diego Pride and Ventura Pride. We worked with Pride volunteers to respect people with disabilities. We worked with them on accommodating all types of disabilities so the events are welcoming and inclusive. Our assistance did not end with accessibility. We gave resources to those with disabilities. We gave information on health care and job accommodations for people with mental health disabilities. We gave information on disability discrimination and disability related services in higher education.
Organizations interested in increasing accessibility at their events can contact us for information.
Our work with the LGBTQ+ community is not limited to Pride events. We advocate for rights and help people get needed services and supports. Staff in the LGBTQ+ community create culturally competent and respectful materials. All of which can be found online at no cost. In addition, we understand the sensitive and complicated history around mental health resources for the Queer and Trans communities because of past discrimination and abuse. We create materials with a focus on positive and consensual mental health interactions. You can find DRC resources here.