All through June, we’ll be sharing stories about being LGBT+ and disabled. Check them out:
As a queer, disabled couple, my partner and I face ableism and homophobia combined when we go out together
Sense of Pride: at Sense, LGBT+ inclusion is about more than rainbow flags
Representing Sense at Birmingham Pride
My life as a deafblind drag king
Supporting people to explore their sexuality and gender identity
What we’re doing in our services
Disabled people and their loved ones are at the heart of everything we do. Providing personalised support means that we empower people to become their true, authentic selves. That way, people with complex disabilities can have pride in who they are, no matter how they identify, or what their sexuality.
For example, our sex and relationships advisers provide the tools and information to the people we support, empowering them to explore their sexuality and identity. We’re growing this area of our work to make sure more people can get the support they need to be their authentic selves.
What we’re doing in our workplace
No one should be left out of life. We’re committed to making sure that no one is left out when they work for us, either. We’re striving for a culture where, if you work at Sense, you can bring your whole self to work, regardless of gender, sexuality or any other element of your identity.
To make this happen, we:
- Have an active and enthusiastic LGBT+ employee network. This means that members of the community as well as allies can get together to network, campaign and celebrate.
- Keep an eye on the data. Having knowledge about the diversity of the people who work and volunteer at Sense helpse us to continuously improve.
- Make sure we provide the right training to staff and have supporting policies in place.