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Research

Sexual Orientation

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Sexual orientation has a disproportionately negative impact on women with disabilities.

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An ethnographic study revealed how disability, lesbianism, and race can interact to affect sexuality of women with disabilities.

  • Women commonly felt isolated and not fully understood or accepted within any of the three cultures.
  • Lesbians with disabilities protested the myth that they were lesbians not by choice, but only because they were rejected by men.
  • The lesbian community is more accepting and supportive of the sexuality of women with disabilities than is the male heterosexual community.
  • Lesbian women feel left out in sex education groups for women with disabilities, and do not feel safe to bring up their sexual preference.