Young disabled and LGBT+: Negotiating Identity

Alexander Toft, Anita Franklin, Emma Langley

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    Disabled people are historically de-sexualized and labelled as non-sexual, incapable or uninterested in sex/relationships. This perception does much to reinforce social inequalities and misconceptions about disabled sexuality and gender. For young people who are LGBT + the task of negotiating their identity and making sense of who they are is challenging. Not only is their sexuality and gender invalidated by wider society, they are also marginalized and largely unsupported during a period of intense identity negotiation. Presenting findings from a UK-based qualitative project, this article explores how in the light of such challenges, young disabled LGBT + people understand, negotiate and enact their identities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157-172
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of LGBT Youth
    Issue number2
    Early online date8 Jan 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019


    • LGBT+
    • Sexuality
    • disability
    • gender identity
    • identity
    • youth

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies
    • Education


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