Josh Hepple – Law graduate, writer, activist, disability equality trainer who has severe cerebral palsy. His impairment affects his speech and mobility and he relies on personal assistants 24/7. The prejudice that Josh has faced has given him great empathy for marginalised groups; especially disabled and LGBT people.
Josh has been a theatre reviewer and an Equality Trainer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for many years. His Equality Training sessions are based on the social model of disability. Find out more about his Training here. Josh has contributed to various online news sources as a freelance commentator. His unique account of his experiences using Grindr has recently received substantial media attention. Whilst coming to terms with his impairment as a gay teenager in Edinburgh, Josh received excellent support from LGBT Youth Scotland and Gay Men’s Health. However, sensing the need for wider support in the area, Josh helped to establish the charity TalkTime Edinburgh, which provides free counselling for any disabled teenagers, regardless of sexual orientation. When not campaigning he can often be found having fun riding ponies. Learn more about training here or by contacting Josh here. Read more about Josh here - These LGBT Clubbers Say They Feel Shut Out Of The Scene Because They Are Disabled – I’d love to shag in your toilet, if only I could get in.” Buzzfeed, August 2017. Josh’ next tour is ‘Queer disability’ tour of London.