Sexual Orientation


Sexual orientation has a disproportionately negative impact on women with disabilities.


An ethnographic study revealed how disability, lesbianism, and race can interact to affect sexuality of women with disabilities.

  • Women commonly felt isolated and not fully understood or accepted within any of the three cultures.
  • Lesbians with disabilities protested the myth that they were lesbians not by choice, but only because they were rejected by men.
  • The lesbian community is more accepting and supportive of the sexuality of women with disabilities than is the male heterosexual community.
  • Lesbian women feel left out in sex education groups for women with disabilities, and do not feel safe to bring up their sexual preference.