Out and About
28 November 2018
I joined a local lesbian group (funded by local authority). Their main meeting room was fully accessible but they had recently got a room in another town, totally inaccessible up and down stairs to get into. I pointed this out and was immediately met with opposition and counter arguments like they could not find another accessible venue. This went on for some time and I was even shunned at meetings whenever I brought this up. Not one woman supported me even though the majority were older women.
I found 3 other accessible venues in same town and even cheaper than they were paying but they still were not interested and got even more discriminatory towards me.
I felt I was the problem not the inaccessible venue. It was awful as it was my only connection with other lesbians in that area that I knew of.
No. they did not shift or change their minds. I decided to leave as I was disgusted. (A few months later they stopped the meetings at the accessible venue for the inaccessible one.) I could have complained to the council but I felt I would be a pariah if I did so I just left the group never went again.
Most of these women worked in public services and knew about accessibility yet they refused to budge on making a new venue accessible. I never really understood why.
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