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Teryn Robinson, Lake Forest College Jen Dugger, Portland State University
Gain a base-level understanding of the differences among sex, gender, and sexuality and understand what language is appropriate when referring to the LGBTQ community Understand some of the key similarities and differences among gender, sexuality, and disability Take home a number of ways in which we can support and advocate for our LGBTQ-identified students with disabilities, along with others who are non-disabled.
Sex refers to the medical assignment of male or female at birth based on biological differences; chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal and external sex organs.
Male * External sex organs * XY chromosomes * Elevated levels of testosterone * Distinct Adam’s apple Female * Internal sex organs * Development of prominent breasts * XX chromosomes * Elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone progesterone
Could be characterized by any of the following ( this list is not exhaustive ): Ambiguous genitalia Undescended testes which could turn out to be ovaries in boys Delayed or absent puberty Unexpected changes at puberty
Gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine.
Transgender is an umbrella term often used to refer to people whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth.
Drag Performer Cross dresser/Transvestite Gender Variant/Gender Queer Transsexual Two Spirit Third gender Feminine Men Masculine Women Androgynous folk
FTM = Female to Male MTF = Male to Female Transboy/guy/man Transgirl/woman Gender Neutral Pronouns The pronoun associated with the person’s gender identity They/Their Ze Hir
A romantic or sexual attraction to people of a certain gender Heterosexual Gay Lesbian Bisexual Asexual Pansexual/Omnisexual Queer
Inappropriate Self-avowed or Self- admitted Sexual Preference Of the other persuasion “Playing for the other team” Gay lifestyle Appropriate Openly gay Sexual Orientation Sexual Identity Coming out
High incidence of mental health issues in LGBTQ youth High prevalence of autistic traits in gender dysphoric youth Statistically significant number of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals with disabilities
“Many LGBT establishments are not wheelchair accessible. Because of this, I cannot easily access gay establishments or be readily involved in LGBT themed events or meet other gay men the conventional way. I also think that the attitude around disability and difference in our community plays a huge role in how I have been hindered.” - Interview with Andrew Morrison-Gurza, “LGBT's Living With Disabilities: Also Here, Also Queer”, Huffington Post, April 5, 2013.
“The way in which people interact with me because I’m and the way in which people interact with me when they know I’m trans are quite similar. People think that this gives them some sort of a right to my body, a right to information about it, they’ll ask personal or invasive questions and not realise why those might not be appropriate. I’ve had to work hard to reclaim the right to privacy about my body. Asking someone whether you can help them (and taking no for an answer), or asking someone their preferred pronouns, are far more appropriate than personal questions about somebody else’s body.” -theselfmademen.tumblr.com
Stigma/Discrimination/Inequality Oppression Being viewed as having something “wrong” Feeling the pull to conform to societal “norms” Fighting for civil rights Reclaiming identifying language Individuals claiming identities to varying degrees
Individuals with disabilities are federally protected from discrimination People with disabilities are often pitied by the non- disabled while many in the LGBTQ community are denigrated for their “choice” Hyper-sexualization of LGBTQ and de-sexualization of people with disabilities Collective and individual pride seems to be more solid for LGBTQ people
At the University Level: Support an inclusive non-discrimination policy and an anti-harassment policy Ensure that gender identity and expression are protected for all university community members to enjoy
Inter-departmentally: Advocating for inclusive and supportive university policies for all people Facilitating discussions that integrate various identities Educating the university on Universal Design Supporting construction of single-use bathrooms
Within your Office: Establishing gender-inclusive intra-office procedures Encouraging your institution, division, department, etc to adopt gender and sexual orientation non- discrimination policies Ensure counseling and health care staff on campus understand needs of LGBTQ students
Reach Out USA- Regard - Queer Disability: Queer and Disabled Community Discussion - BENT: True Stories of Disabled Gay Men - Crip Commentary - Deaf Queer.org - Passing Twice: A Proud Network of Queer Stutterers and Their Allies - Queers on Wheels - Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (RAD) - Nothing to Hide: Gay People with Disabilities Come Out of the Closet - The Sexual Politics of Disability, by Tom Shakespeare, et al. The Sexual Politics of Disability Exile and Pride, by Eli Clare Exile and Pride Mean Little Deaf Queer, by Terry Galloway Mean Little Deaf Queer
“To transform self-hatred into pride is a fundamental act of resistance.” -Eli Clare, Exile and Pride