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Disabilities and sexuality

Disabilities and sexuality

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – came into force on 3 May 2008 ( =13&pid=162).  While the link between living with a disability and an individual’s risk of being disadvantaged or discriminated against is clear – the focus is often on issues of equity and access to employment and services, and the physical health needs of individuals. However, when focusing broadly on rights, the gender and sexuality of people living with a disability can easily be rendered invisible, or subjugated to other seemingly ‘higher order’ issues.

A human rights perspective calls into focus the broader issues of a person’s sexual health, sexual identity, and sexual expression. This presentation will focus on research looking at the experience of sexual assault and sexual victimisation, homophobia, and gender-based discrimination.   Child rights and child protection issues will also be explored in terms of both parental disability (and its connection to parenting capacity, gender and attributions of responsibility), and child disability, and the vulnerability to maltreatment, including sexual abuse. Recognising and balancing these complex and sometimes apparent competing self-identities/roles is complex, yet inherent within a truly human rights framework.

Speakers: Daryl Higgins
Conference: WAS Goteberg 2009
Areas of Interest / Categories: Disabilities, Discrimination, Homosexuality, Sexuality


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Infection and Identity, Desire and Disease: Gay Men, HIV/AIDS and the History of Sexuality

Queer Sisterhood: Building Community For & With Queer Refugee Women.

Sexual Orientation Identity Development: Implications for the Psychological Adjustment of Gay and Bisexual Young Males in Japan

According to previous studies, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people report lower levels of mental health relative to heterosexuals. Young LGB people especially suffer from poorer psychological adjustment. However, it remains unclear whether different developmental identity patterns have implications for the psychological adjustment of LGB youths. There is a possibility that the development of sexual orientation identity is related to the better mental health among young LGB people. This study examines whether different patterns of LGB identity formation and integration are associated with psychological adjustment. 

The Disincentives of Pregnancy & Needs toward Health Care Providers of Lesbian Females in Japan

In the Far East, as a social component, sociality put emphasis on getting married and starting a family. However, in most cases, the images of families are heterosexualized. Therefore, reproductive health issues/rights of lesbian females haven’t been noted. In a major survey in 2012, 5.2% of the population in Japan are from sexual minorities. Other says lesbian pregnancies exist but it is impossible to find out the number. In Medical field, knowledge of lesbian pregnancies is insufficient, and the disincentives of pregnancy and needs toward healthcare providers of lesbian females in Japan are not known. 

Silent, Silenced and Powerless – Resilience and Agency in Rural Gay Men

This paper presents “empowering alternatives” in a cohort of marginalized individuals who are usually considered to be silent, silenced and powerless: The gay men who have chosen to stay and live their lives in rural areas. It cites a largely unreported aptitude and adeptness by men to live contented lives in areas well away from urban cosmopolitan milieu. It argues that their resilience allows them to deploy a multiplicity of actions and reflective processes that, despite their apparent subordinate position in the rural communities, continues to give them, determination to live their lives as and where they choose.