Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UYZhXS7Pvs
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Jarad McLoghlin is a broadcast journalist and activist for the LGBTIQ+ people living with a disability. Jarad’s mild form of Asperger’s Syndrome (a relatively known condition of Autism Spectrum Disorder) since the age of three, was diagnosed with Ayme-Gripp Syndrome at thirty-one years old and for most of his life, Jarad has been vision and hearing impaired.
Jarad has been actively involved with independent, local and state government based committees/councils. This includes the City of Marion Youth Advisory Committee, Minister’s Youth Council, Julia Farr Youth, South Australian Youth Lobby, Adelaide University SRC, Rainbow Advisory Council, Adelaide Feast Festival, Gay Men’s Health SA and People with Disability Australia Inc. (PWDA).
In this interview Jarad retells his journey coming to terms with sexuality as a CIS gendered gay male, within a restricted environment that was shaped around heteronomrative values and being constantly restricted in exploring his identity outside his diagnosis. Jarad articulates the need for special school settings to better develop programs that allow students to have access to all aspects of Human Sexual Health and Gender Identities.
You can read more about Jarad here: https://jaradmcloughlin85.wordpress.com/bio/ and follow him on Twitter via @jazer1985