Resources for autistic women
At the Lovell Autism Hub, we have a monthly Women’s Group. They meet on the third Tuesday of every month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and discuss a set topic. The group is run by autistic women and is exclusively for autistic women who live in the Leeds area. To attend, all you need to do is come along in person. Here is a link to the flyer about the group:
The National Autistic Society have an article about gender and autism. You can read it here: http://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/gender
The Curly Hair Project has a series of books about what it’s like to be an autistic woman. Visit the Curly Hair Project website to find out more: https://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/
The Autism Women’s Network is an organisation run by autistic women. They are based in the US and have a blog full of posts by autistic women. Here is a link to their website: https://autismwomensnetwork.org/
The Autistic Women’s Empowerment (AWE) project is based in the UK. They have resources relevant to autistic women. Here’s a link to their website: https://autisticwomensempowerment.com/
Resources for LGBTQIA* autistic people
We sometimes have a support group run by and for LGBTQIA* autistic people. The date of the next group is to be confirmed (as of March 2018). At previous meetings, we have discussed Pride events and coming out.
Leeds LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project
This project is for LGBTQ+ people in Leeds who are also either autistic, have a learning disability or mental health difficulties. It helps them to be involved in the health services they use and develop self-advocacy skills. They run regular self-advocacy training sessions, ones for autistic people starting in December 2019.
For more info on the project, please visit this link: https://advonet.org.uk/how-we-can-help-you/lgbtq-health-inclusion-project/
Services in Leeds:
Leeds has a quarterly LGBT+ community hub. You can find out more about it here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/leeds-lgbt-community-hub-10942970314
Off The Scene is a quiet social event that meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds City Centre. There is also a monthly social on the second Thursday of each month at Queens Court on New Briggate. Click on the posters below for more info.
Forward Leeds and Yorkshire MESMAC run a drop-in for LGBT people, offering specialised drug and alcohol support for the local LGBT community. Read more here: https://www.forumcentral.org.uk/new-lgbt-drop-in-new-lgbt-drop-in/
The Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service and Yorkshire MESMAC run two monthly support groups – one for LGBT people and the other for transgender and non-binary people. More info is available here: https://www.lslcs.org.uk/services/group-work-2/lgbttrans-group/
People in Action run a weekly group for LGBTQIA* people who are autistic and/or have a learning disability on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 9pm. Visit http://peopleinaction.org.uk/lgbt/ for further information.
Local LGBTQIA*-specific organisations:
- Yorkshire MESMAC are a sexual health charity with offices in Leeds. You can find out about what they do here: https://www.mesmac.co.uk/
- Trans Leeds are a support group for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people. They run two groups a month and regular social events. Visit their Twitter page for more info: https://twitter.com/TransLeeds
- Leeds Bi Group are a social support group for bisexual people in Leeds that meets twice a month. Visit their website for more info: http://www.leedsbigroup.org.uk/
- Non-Binary Leeds are a community group for people who identify as non-binary. They have monthly peer-led sessions in a venue in the city. More info: https://www.mesmac.co.uk/our-areas/leeds/support-social-groups/non-binary-leeds
- The Sage Project is a group for older LGBTQIA* people in Leeds. It is run jointly by Yorkshire MESMAC and AgeUK Leeds. You can read about it here: https://www.mesmac.co.uk/projects/sage
- Leeds Gay Men Group – this is a social group for gay men in Leeds. Go to https://www.meetup.com/lgmgroup/ for more info
Local LGBTQIA*-specific services:
- Leeds Gender Identity Service – this is run by the Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust (LYPFT). It is for anyone aged 18 and over who is experiencing gender dysphoria. Visit https://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our-services/services-list/gender-identity-service/ for more information about what they can do for you
- LGBT+ Councillor Surgery – this is a surgery where LGBT+ people in Leeds can talk to a local councillor. It takes place on the first Monday of each month at Queens Court from 9pm to 10pm
- Leeds Gender Outreach Workers – they host a range of drop-in sessions, support and social sessions for transgender and non-binary people in Leeds. Visit https://en-gb.facebook.com/LeedsGenderOutreachWorkers/ for more information
Autism and LGBTQIA* groups/resources: