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LGB disabled people

Like LGB people who belong to black and ethnic minority communities, disabled people who are LGB also experience barriers to effective health care.

Research has demonstrated that significant barriers exist for disabled people. Health care practitioners are generally only concerned with medical and functional support for disabled people, and generally fail to recognise the personal and emotional needs. The health sector also fails to provide advice and guidance about safer sex to disabled people, generally assuming that disabled people are asexual. Barriers can also exist for people with learning difficulties, who are often not fully informed about sexual orientation issues or their rights in relation to sexual activity.

Supporting disabled people who are LGB requires a primary acknowledgement that they might be gay, rather than assuming that sexual orientation inclusion does not concern them.

Evidence

  • Prospects for Identity Formation for Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual Persons with Developmental Disabilities S Thompson, M Bryson, S de Castell (2001)
  • She Dances to Different Drums: Research into Disabled Women's Sexuality K Sells, M Hill, B Robbins (1998)
  • Disabled Lesbians: Challenging Monocultural Constructs C O'Toole (1994)
  • Diversity in disability: Exploring the interactions between disability, ethnicity, age, gender and sexuality D Molloy, T Knight, K Woodfield (2003)
  • A Double Coming Out - Gay Men with Learning Diabilities C Davidson-Paine, J Corbett  (1995)
  • Sexuality and People with Psychiatric Disabilities J Cook (2000)
  • Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation E Clare (1999)
  • How Far to Gay? The Politics of HIV in Learning Disability P Cambridge (1997)
  • It's Not Just About Ramps and Braille: Disability and Sexual Orientation M Brothers  (2000)
  • Secret Loves, Hidden Lives: Exploring isses for people with learning difficulties who are gay, lesbian or bisexual  D Abbott, J Howarth (2005)     
  • Sexuality and spinal cord injury: gay men / researched) for the Spinal Injuries Association. M Hooper and REGARD (1995)
  • Queer crips: disabled gay men and their stories. B Guter, J R. Killacky. (2003)

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