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Investigating The Intersection of LGBTQ+ and Disability


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Investigating The Intersection of LGBTQ+ and Disability


It’s great to identify with a common cause; it’s even better to make sure that all who identify can equally participate. In this talk, Shona Louise, LGBTQ+ Disabled Writer, Photographer, Accessibility Consultant and Activist, describes life at the intersection of LGTBQ+ and disability, and how LGBTQ+ spaces can be more accessible to their disabled members, inside and outside the office.

Shona Louise

Bridget Finkeldey

Shona Louise is a 24 year old LGBTQ+ and disabled freelance writer, photographer, accessibility consultant and activist from the UK. She has written her own blog for over 10 years where she speaks candidly about disability, and her writing has featured across print and digital media, as well as being featured in multiple books. Shona regularly speaks out about accessibility, particularly within the theatre industry where she works as an access consultant advising on best practice and how we can better serve disabled people. Shona is also a vocal LGBTQ+ activist, often sharing her experience as a queer disabled woman. In her spare time she also runs a small business selling crocheted keyrings. Shona lives with a genetic condition called Marfan Syndrome, having gone through 4 major surgeries to manage the condition. She uses a powerchair to get around and is a big advocate for access to wheelchairs.

Zara Chaudary

Bridget Finkeldey

An experienced change maker, Zara prioritizes the disruption of harmful systems, creating and facilitating brave spaces and opportunities for individuals to explore their intersectional identities, and empowering every individual to bring their whole self to work. Utilizing a holistic approach, she excels at collaborating with key players to craft strategic vision and operationalizing strong action steps to elevate workplace culture to a healthy culture of belonging. With an extensive background in Human Resources, operations, and programming within the non-profit, education, and tech sectors, Zara keeps a focused eye on the long-term mission and ensures she infuses humor in everything she does along the way. She’s also not afraid to openly share her love for Brooklyn and donuts!

Experienced in DEI, relationship management, conflict mediation and management, coaching, Human Resources, compliance, financial and budget management, administration, and auditing.

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