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Intellectual Disabilities

This entry addresses the nuanced concerns of a sexual minority within a sexual minority. People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are frequently thought to be sexually innocent, but many have the ability to understand and act on sexual orientation and gender identity. While it is recognized that sexuality traverses intellectual boundaries, there is little support for its encouragement. This entry also addresses topics that help us to better understand how sexual orientation and gender identity are expressed among people with ID and includes the topics of consent, protection from abuse, demographics, and education.

Background

People with intellectual disabilities have been integrated into society in significant ways, but there is still a pre-Stonewall mentality, a lack of full acknowledgment and acceptance, when considering their needs and desires for sexual ...

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