Undressing Normal (Un)conference: A brief summary

Undressing Normal, an (Un)conference on Sexuality for Those of Us Dislabeled, was held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, KY on Friday, February 10. Seventy people attended, including an excellent cross-section of people with disabilities, support staff, agency directors, policy makers, educators, students and others. Participants came from across the state to discuss topics of interest.

Bev and Squawkers had a few words to say.

In contrast to a typical conference, participants were responsible for creating the day’s agenda. After a brief opening talk and instructions on “How to Unconference,” attendees were directed to a blank wall awaiting topics. Papers and markers were made available, and everyone had an equal opportunity to direct the day’s process and outcomes. Spaces representing the five available rooms and three time slots filled in quickly. A few similar topics were combined, and we were ready to start well before the time allowed for agenda creation was over.

Participants creating their agenda topics.

These were the topics selected by (un)conference participants:

  •  Rights of LGBT Residents in Long Term Care
  •  Boundaries and Parameters of Guardians and Families Concerning Issues of Sexuality: Who Has the Right?
  • Violence and Abuse/Concerns: Who is Supporting People with Disabilities after Sexual Assault
  • Autism and Sexuality
  • Supporting LGBT Staff and Caregivers
  • Helping Parents Accept Their Son or Daughter’s Gender Identity/Recognizing a Person as a Sexual Being
  • How to Find a Boyfriend or Girlfriend
  • People with Disabilities Accessing Porn and Adult Entertainment Industries
  • Sexual/Reproductive Healthcare Advocacy
  • Addressing Disability and Sexuality in Schools
  • Supporting LGBTQ People with Disabilities who are Interested in Engaging in Sex
  • Issues with Using Restrooms While Transitioning
  • Housing, Marriage, Finances, and Independent Living

    With the agenda finished, Jeff and Shevawn directed participants to the meeting rooms.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be posting reports of highlights from each session. Please feel free to continue these discussions in the comments here. This blog can serve as a place to add information, review action plans, and monitor our progress in addressing the issues presented. If you presented or attended a session at Undressing Normal and would like to include a full post about it here, contact me at bevharp64@gmail.com. Your participation is welcome and will benefit all of us.

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