About 60 million people or one in five Americans (20%) is living with at least one disability and most Americans will experience a disability at some time during the course of their lives. One in five LGBT people also have a disability.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has had a positive effect on the lives of people with disabilities in America, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and those living with HIV/AIDS. One author of the ADA was professor Chai Feldblum, a leading scholar of disability and gay rights with a deep understanding of the struggles and goals of both communities. Feldblum went on to become a member of the 5 person U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Sexuality and disability refers to the sexual behaviour and practices of people with a disability (PWD).
Physical disabilities such as a spinal cord injury may change the sexual functioning of a person. However, the disabled person may enjoy sex with the help of sex toys and physical aids (such as bed modifications), by finding suitable sex positions, or through the services provided by a qualified sex worker.
Disability stereotypes add to the difficulty and stigma experienced by people with disabilities.
The following myths about people with disabilities have been identified:
Guidance Protecting Transgender Youth and Young Adults From Discrimination Fact Sheet - Williams Institute fact sheet regarding U.S. Departments of Education and Justice withdrawal of legal guidance protecting transgender youth and young adults from discrimination in education
LGBTQ Advocates Condemn Shameful HB2.0 Proposal - New proposal introduced by Republican State Representative Chuck McGrady would prevent cities from passing meaningful non-discrimination protections
Reversal of School Bathroom and Shower Mandate a Victory - Family Research Council says reversal of school shower and bathroom mandate is a victory for parents and children
LGBT Awareness & Events
List of important LGBT awareness dates and coming sexual diversity events.