Disability

Health Briefing

People with disabilities can face challenges in everyday life, from being employed to taking part in sport.

This briefing provides evidence that disabled (as defined under the Equality Act 2010) lesbian, gay and bisexual people are more likely to have experienced domestic abuse and attempted suicide and self-harmed in the last year than men and women in general. Many disabled lesbian, gay and bisexual people also report having problems with their weight or eating. Worryingly, older disabled lesbian, gay and bisexual people report they are not accessing the health and social care services they need.

Healthcare services need to recognise that disabled people can be lesbian, gay and bisexual. Treating people with disabilities fairly and taking the whole of them into account, including their sexual orientation, is vital for an effective health service.

Disability Health Briefing - Pdf version
Disability Health Briefing - Word version


To read the Stonewall's other health briefings, please visit our Healthy Lives microsite 

  • 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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