LGBT Disability Sexuality Information

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:

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The original rainbow flag, called the Freedom Flag, was devised by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut with 8 colored stripes, and today the most common variant consists of 6 stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.

Original rainbow flag showing meaning of the 8 colors.
Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the 8 colors.

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