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Intersectional Identities: Autism, gender, sexuality


2021 Biannual Symposium

Intersectional Identities: Autism, gender, sexuality

June 18, 2021   |    Melbourne, VIC

Call for papers and speakers: Due February 1, 2021

Autistic individuals experience a high prevalence of sexual orientation and gender diversity. The 2021 RA Biannual Symposium will be held on June 18, Autistic Pride Day, during Pride Month, in Melbourne. It will provide a platform for Australian Autistic, LGBTQIA+ speakers to share their lived expertise in intersectional identities.

Appropriate for the Autistic community, as well as for families, allies and professionals, the symposium will provide access to an in-depth exploration of the experiential knowledge of Autistic-LGBTQIA+ individuals, an understanding of which is crucial to supporting Autistic individuals across the lifespan.

The structure of the program at the 2021 RA Biannual Symposium has been designed to ensure accessibility, and to encourage engagement and interaction.

The single-stream program will include expert sessions, panel discussions, and keynote presentations by Dr Emma Goodall and Dr Wenn Lawson. The expert sessions and panel discussions will cover the broad themes of:

  • youth experiences
  • implications for practice and parenting, and
  • living intersectional identities authentically.

If you identify as Autistic and LGBTQIA+ and you would like to be a panellist or submit an abstract to present on the above themes, we would love to hear from you, using this form. Please note that all speakers and panellists will be paid for sharing their expertise.

Join us in June to celebrate Autistic and LGBTQIA+ identity and culture.

To fill out the form, you will need to:

  • Tell us about yourself and your identity,
  • Nominate the type of application (expert paper and/or panellist),
  • List your areas of interest and passion,
  • Provide a title and 250-word abstract and title (for a paper), and
  • Write a 100-word statement on why presenting at a Reframing Autism symposium is the right opportunity for you.

Expressions of interest close on February 1, 2021

This event is supported by The Autistic Realm Australia (TARA) and funded by an ILC grant administered by the DSS.