Identity, Sexuality and LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disability – Season 3, Episode 2

How far have we come to understand and celebrate the sexuality experiences and identities of LBGTQIA+ adults who have intellectual disability?

Do they feel included at LGBTIQA+ spaces and events?

How can disability services promote and enable their equal access to relationships and activities?

In this episode, Dr Lizzie Smith and her colleague Kathryn Bartlett from the Living with Disability Research Center share with us findings from their project called Rainbow Me. They talk about what supports or impedes social inclusion of people with intellectual disability who are LGBTQIA+ or gender diverse in disability and LGBTQIA+  spaces and services.

We also hear from Dr Amie O’Shea’s research projects including: how her team adapted a peer education program called Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships Program for LGBTQIA+ adults with intellectual disability; her current research looking at the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ people with lived experience of disabilities and her upcoming project to develop information resources for LGBTIQ people with intellectual disability. You can find out  more information about Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships Program on Facebook at

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