This meeting will focus on hearing loss and hearing impairment in the morning and in the afternoon we will hear from other organisations which support disabled people with their sexual lives, ie Enhance the UK, Leonard Cheshire and the British Society of Sexual Medicine . We hope to find ways to work with those organisations and support each other as we are all stigmatised and fighting the anti-sex establishment.
We are hoping these new lunches will be as much fun and as friendly as all the others. If you would like to come along, join up. If you would like to help run them, let us know: Tuppy@Outsiders.org.uk
Members appreciate a club where they feel safe – as we are the only online dating site which vets our members to ensure we don’t get predators. They support each other and make each other welcome, and slowly, people form relationships and love affairs. It is really beautiful to observe !
A disabled member of the Sexual Health and Disability Alliance wrote this praise of our group:
Speaking for myself, and I suspect for every other disabled person that has had involvement with SHADA, I am extremely happy that it exists and does such a fantastic job of ensuring the provision of a vital source of information, education and a voice for the countless disabled people whose sexual needs are never addressed.
One wrote: I must say I have felt a whole lot stronger just being in this group and knowing there are such lovely people out there. Thank you all so much for taking the time to care x
The Sexual Freedom Awards were packed with finalists and their fans.There were amazing winners, including one of the founders of Touching Base in Australia. the audience were really appreciative and thought it we;ll worth the £30 ticket. There will be another, same time same place next year. See http://www.sexualfreedomawards.co.uk/
Tuppy Owens the founder of Outsiders is really excited at how many people are generously donating to her GoFundMe appeal which you can find on https://www.gofundme.com/37vdjk.
It is called The School of Sex for Disabled People – which is our latest project
Yesterday we received a donation from the iconic pioneer Annie Sprinkle, who has so many Facebook friends that she is not allowed any more!
Our TLC website is unique in the world and very useful for disabled people who want to discover what their bodies are capable of enjoying, how to please a partner and enjoy sex. At last a new version will be launched which will include Tantric practitioners, sexological bodyworkers and enablers. The url is www.TLC-Trust.org.uk – see Resources
At last we are getting taken seriously and we are being supported by professors, lawyers, barristers, teachers, and other professionals who know that disabled people need support with their sexual lives and relationships.
Currently, we are getting help for an elderly member who met his girlfriend quite recently and moved into her care home but, because of his speech impairment, staff think he is not responsible enough to share a bed with her. This is actually illegal !
It is illegal not to support disabled people to enjoy the same pleasures as others enjoy in the privacy of the their own homes(Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998).
It seems we are offering just what disabled people want – a safe and friendly environment where they can slowly get to know each other, feel supported and find the partner who suits them. We cannot understand why clubs like ours don’t spring up all over the globe. Obviously, the UK is small compared with the US and Australia but small things an grow, as we have found.
And in just over a year’s time, Outsiders will be 40 years old!