1st Edition

Young, Disabled and LGBT+ Voices, Identities and Intersections

Edited By Alex Toft, Anita Franklin Copyright 2020
    256 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Young, Disabled and LGBT+ brings together the work of an international team interested in exploring the intersection of sexuality, gender identity, and disability in the lives of young people and aims to further develop this area as a distinct area of study.

    This volume features original research and writing into lives that are often misunderstood, marginalised and under-represented in research. It is framed with artwork, poetry and writing from young disabled LGBT+ people, and centralises the voices and lives of young disabled LGBT+ people throughout. Drawing from disciplines including: sociology, psychology, disability and youth studies, and with contributions from practitioners, it examines experiences and research from a number of perspectives, such as education, personal lives and activism.

    Featuring work from the UK, Canada, United States, India and Australia, it is a timely and topical book which will appeal to scholars particularly interested in sexuality, gender, disability and youth studies; professionals within health, education, social work and youth work who aim to understand and support young disabled LGBT+ people; and young people themselves.

    Artwork of Beth Ward

    You be you

    The Outsider


    Section 1. Theoretical and research landscapes

    Introduction. Disguise

    James Molloy

    Chapter 1. Sexuality and gender identity in the lives of young, disabled LGBT+ persons: Initiating a Dialogue

    Alex Toft and Anita Franklin

    Chapter 2. Also Here, Also Queer: The Work of LGBT+ Disabled Activists/Scholars in "Cripping" Sexualities

    Alan Santinele Martino

    Chapter 3. The Psychosocial Coping of Multiply Marginalized LGBTQ+ Adolescents with Mental Health Issues

    Debra A. Harley

    Chapter 4. Developing a psychological understanding of the lived experiences of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans (LGBT+) people labelled with intellectual disability (ID)

    Robert Dinwoodie and Beth Greenhill

    Chapter 5. Centring the voices of disabled LGBT+ young people in research: Ethical and methodological considerations

    Anita Franklin and Alex Toft

    Section 2. Identity, experience and voice

    Introduction. My life in Sport

    Zach Brookes

    Chapter 6. Lived Difference: Ordinariness and Misfitting in the Lives of Disabled and LGBT Youth

    Edmund Coleman-Fountain

    Chapter 7. Between and Betwixt: Experiences of Being Young, Trans and Disabled in India

    Srilatha Juvva, Krupali Bidaye and Mahima Nayar

    Chapter 8. Two Communities, One Family: Experiences of young Deaf LGBT+ people living in a minority within a minority.

    Paul Michaels and Abigail Gorman

    Chapter 9. Walking through treacle: The educational experiences of a group of young, disabled LGBT+ students

    Deborah Philip

    Chapter 10. Young, Disability and LGBT+ identities: Personal explorations of intersectional discrimination and support challenges

    Vemel Ramasamy

    Section 3. Support and Inclusion

    Introduction. Why Spark has been good for me

    Beth Ward

    Chapter 11. ‘A Forbidden Topic’? Sexuality and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities

    Paul Withers, with Tina McFay and Shane Beevers

    Chapter 12. Creating an LGBTQ+ alliance in a specialist college setting in England:

    Reflections from practice

    Gillian Leno and Andrew Travers

    Chapter 13. Towards expansive and inclusive relationship and sex education: Young disabled LGBT+ people’s ideas for change

    Alex Toft and Anita Franklin


    Alex Toft is a Research Fellow in the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families at Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses upon sexuality, gender, disability, spirituality and identity. His publications include Bisexuality, Religion and Spirituality: Critical Perspectives (2020, with Andrew Yip).

    Anita Franklin is a Professor of Childhood Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses predominantly on disabled children and young people and their experiences of: decision-making, education, health and social care provision, child protection and issues of inequality and inclusion.