Sexual orientation has a disproportionately negative impact on women with disabilities.
An ethnographic study revealed how disability, lesbianism, and race can interact to affect sexuality of women with disabilities.
- Women commonly felt isolated and not fully understood or accepted within any of the three cultures.
- Lesbians with disabilities protested the myth that they were lesbians not by choice, but only because they were rejected by men.
- The lesbian community is more accepting and supportive of the sexuality of women with disabilities than is the male heterosexual community.
- Lesbian women feel left out in sex education groups for women with disabilities, and do not feel safe to bring up their sexual preference.