Saying who you are: Identifying best practice to support positive identities for LGBTQ people with intellectual disability

Project Summary

LGBTQ people with intellectual disability are regularly underrepresented in national and international disability and LGBTQ research and advocacy. Guided by an Advisory group, this project will develop an evidence base for best practice in supporting LGBTQ people with intellectual disability. Research methods (focus group and modified Delphi) will maximise the opportunity to hear from LGBTQ people with intellectual disability to identify practices and supports. Recommendations will be made to service providers and advocates to support positive identity formation, as told by people themselves.

We draw on effective working partnerships and demonstrated expertise in working with LGBTQ people with intellectual disability using inclusive and respectful methodological approaches. The project team includes the only LGBTQ self-advocacy organisation in Australia; this demonstrates their support for and intention to partner in this long overdue work and the capacity of this team to complete the project to a high ethical, inclusive, and academic standard.

Project Team


  • Dr Amie O’Shea, Deakin University 

  • Professor Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Deakin University

  • Mr Cameron Bloomfield, Self-advocate, member and spokesperson, Rainbow Rights & Advocacy

  • Sarina Avramovic, Self-advocate and Peer Researcher

  • Dr James Lucas, Deakin University

  • Dr Caderyn Gaskin, Deakin University 



  • Deakin University (Lead)

  • Rainbow Rights & Advocacy

  • Inclusion Melbourne

  • Project Advisory Group:

  • Rainbow Health Victoria