Parallels and alliances: the lived experiences of young, disabled bisexual people.

Toft, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-3734-2242, 2020. Parallels and alliances: the lived experiences of young, disabled bisexual people. Journal of Bisexuality, 20 (2), pp. 183-201. ISSN 1529-9716

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Young people (16-25) who identify as bisexual and disabled have to work against dominant forces of homo/heteronormativity and ableism which regulate sexuality and normalcy. Their lives demonstrate the complex negotiations that must be enacted in order to reside within such restrictive confines. This article uses the lived experience of 15 young (16-25 years) disabled and bisexual identified persons to understand how such identities intersect. Throughout, the voices of young people are centred in order to ensure that their experiences guide the article. Exploration of such life-stories highlights parallels between bisexual and disabled experiences, particularly in terms of misconceptions, erasure/invisibility and how dominant forces are resisted. The article suggests that a bisexual/disabled alliance is potentially fruitful for gaining a more nuanced and detailed understanding of sexuality and disability.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Bisexuality
Creators: Toft, A.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date: 2020
Volume: 20
Number: 2
ISSN: 1529-9716
Rights: © 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 May 2020 08:35
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2022 10:14

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