Physical Disabilities

The intersection between LGBTQ identities and physical disability, as defined by the social model of disability, is highly relevant to LGBTQ disabled people, who are often considered asexual and ungendered. LGBTQ disabled people experience a range of discrimination in multiple aspects of life, including social barriers to employment, housing, and health care. Furthermore, the issue of sex and relationships is especially important to consider because this is an area where LGBTQ disabled people’s lives significantly differ from non-LGBTQ disabled friends and colleagues.

Models of Disability

The dominant model of disability, used by medical and social policy makers, is the medical model. This model is a deficit model in that it considers disability to be the active limitations an impairment places on an individual to perform their ...

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