Gender and sexuality

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:

Women’s Group at Lovell – flyer

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/

Recommended reading:


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:

Local LGBTQIA*-specific services:

Autism and LGBTQIA* groups/resources: