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people children know that they are not lesser, Pulse because I wanted to tell the and that they feel seen.” “Learning about the history of story that I wish I had seen when I the parade and the incredible work Daniel made his film, Pulse, so that was struggling with these things. It and sacrifices the ‘78ers’ made to other young people who felt different, was incredibly challenging making make so many of the rights we have but most specifically who had a a microbudget feature film, but in Australia possible was incredibly disability, could feel seen and heard, through the challenges, the purpose moving,” he said. “On a personal and know that they are not alone. behind it kept me going.” note, this was also the first year I “When I was struggling with my Daniel said people with disability marched in the parade with a partner, sexuality, I could turn to gay short must be included, quite simply, and to be able to share it with him films on YouTube and could witness “because all human beings should made the experience that much more stories that reflected my struggles have equal rights – and nobody meaningful and special.” and gave me hope for what my future should be treated lesser than others”. may be,” he said. “With my disability though, I felt completely alone in that. “Growing up, I never saw an NDIA Chief Executive Officer “Access is a human right,” he said. Robert De Luca said the NDIA was “If we want equality in our society, proud to have been involved in Mardi we need to make it accessible, to all.” Back to Mardi Gras, and Daniel Gras for the second year in a row. “The NDIS is about providing authentic disability story that felt said being involved in the 40-year all people – regardless of disability, true to my experience, and that anniversary of the event, which sexual orientation or gender – with made me feel really isolated. I made launched in 1978, was extraordinary. the opportunity to live the life they choose,” he said. “On a personal level, I’m proud Daniel Monks at Mardi Gras. to lead a progressive organisation that values inclusion and equality for all Australians.” PWDA Co-Chief Executive Officer Matthew Bowden said the sexualities of people with disability are often taboo. “There is a lot of stigma and discrimination against LGBTQIA people with disability,” he said. “Having LGBTQIA people with disability and our supporters visible and marching in the parade tells everyone that we are proud of who we are and that our sexualities and disability are something that we celebrate. It tells people that we have the same rights to enjoy our bodies and express our diverse sexualities and genders as everyone else.” www.pwd.org.au www.ndis.gov.au 26 people linkonline.com.au