Coming Out and Coming Home

  • Tom Shakespeare


This paper draws on the testimonies of British disabled lesbians and gay men about their experience of coming out as gay, and coming out as disabled. They reflect on the different aspects of their identity, and the interrelation of their sexuality and their disability. The respondents share their experiences of exclusion and marginality in both the disability and gay communities, and discuss where they feel most at home as disabled lesbians and gays.

disability identity coming out community lesbian gay 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Shakespeare
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  1. 1.Disability Research UnitUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

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