Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 178–191 | Cite as

Patterns of support among gay lesbian deaf persons

  • George T. Zakarewsky


In order to study the patterns of support among gay deaf men and lesbian deaf women a research project was conducted from January, 1977 to May, 1978. Initially, an informal study was conducted at various social gatherings of gay deaf men, such as interpreting at the first and only gay deaf wedding ever to be held in Pennsylvania, possibly the United States. Later research methods included formal interviews with gay deaf men and lesbian deaf women, as well as their families. In addition, survey questionnaires were sent to professionals and agencies serving both the gay/lesbian and the deaf communities. The research project identified a significant client population in need of social services. The project also indicated that trying to determine patterns of support among the gay/lesbian deaf subculture is a complex problem which needs to be studied on several different levels.


Research Method Social Service Complex Problem Survey Questionnaire Social Gathering 
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