Sexual orientation, gender identity and disability: LGBTI persons with disabilities

16 May 2019
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The following is an excerpt of our European Human Rights Report - issue 3


Sexual orientation, gender identity and disability: LGBTI persons with disabilities 


Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) people with disabilities are at risk of multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination in all areas of life. This is particularly true in the areas of employment, education and healthcare. LGBTI persons with disabilities face increased risks of school bullying, segregation in specific schools, denial of labour and trade union rights and difficult access to vocational training programmes. Trans-people with disabilities who face mental health issues, totally unrelated to their gender identity, may face barriers when trying to access support by mental health providers. They are also more likely to experience poverty and financial difficulties due to the multiple barriers they face trying to obtain employment, including both disability and gender identity discrimination.


Adoption of measures to promote inclusion and combat discrimination on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, including awareness-raising measures targeted to health and legal professionals, employers, as well as to persons with disabilities and LGBTI people themselves, are needed.

 Anis Akhtar, a disabled intersex person of colour

“D/deaf & disabled LGBTIQ+ people face additional discrimination; disablism and lack of inclusion by LGBTIQ+ peers and fear of LGBTIQ+ phobia & exclusion from disabled peers. This makes us feel lost, alone and like we don’t belong to either community; always bear in mind we are all intersectional!”

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