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LGB&T with learning difficulties and disabilities

Thursday, 12th April 2018

Yesterday Trade attended an important event in Leicester called "Choice Unlimited" a marketplace for independent living for those who have learning and/or physical disabilities. Following many questions, we had in terms of support for those who identify as LGB&T we would like to give you a list o useful resources in the subject of LGB&T and learning and/or physical disabilities affected individuals. Trade offers training for professionals, one to one support, counselling and testing availability to suit everyone's need so do give us a call if you identify that way or care for someone who does or you might think would appreciate our services.

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Useful resources on LGBT identities, gender, sexuality, sexual health and relationships


Easy read and accessible resources:


- Easy Health website with a range of health related leaflets, including a section on sex and relationships


- How to put on a condom (NHS Lothian) with photographs, developed in consultation with people with learning disabilities. Copies available via NHS Lothian’s Health Promotion Resource Centre.


- How to use a condom (NHS Highland) video clip


- ‘lesbian gay bisexual and trans’ booklet in easy words with line drawings (costs £6.99 or whole sex and relationships pack (5 booklets) for £32)


- Let’s talk about sex and relationships: easy read (2nd edition) (Altrum 2013) This booklet can help you get information about sex and relationships. Contact Altrum, c/o Partners For Inclusion, West Kirk, 84 Portland Street, Kilmarnock, KA3 1AA or email


- LGBT people with learning disabilities easy read report (LGBT Health Inclusion Project, Brighton) This report is about a meeting hosted by LGBT Health Inclusion Project, for LGBT people with learning disabilities and workers from LGBT and Learning Disabilities organisations.


- Making Choices, Keeping Safe (Easy Read) (Fife) Relationships and Sex: How staff can support adults with learning disabilities to stay safe and keep health. This is an easy read version of “making choices keeping safe – Fife version of relationships & sexual wellbeing best practice guidance for staff who support adults with a learning disability”


- Out and about! Supporting people with learning disabilities around same-sex relationships (Partners in Advocacy) easy read report on research into learning disability and same-sex relationships including information for individuals and advocates


- Photostory: Eric and Fraser’s story (NHS Forth Valley, 2013) young men in college dating and experiencing homophobia


- Photostory: Phil’s story (University of Bristol) about a gay man attending a day centre, based on research ‘Secret loves, hidden lives? Exploring same sex relationships for people with learning difficulties’ by the Norah Fry Research Centre


- Photostory: Jan’s story (University of Bristol) about a lesbian woman attending a day centre, based on research ‘Secret loves, hidden lives? Exploring same sex relationships for people with learning difficulties’ by the Norah Fry Research Centre


- Sexual health information leaflets – easy read (NHS Lanarkshire) 17 leaflets on sexual infections and sexual/reproductive health topics, available at



Further reading and resources for professionals

- Autism spectrum disorders in gender dysphoric children and adolescents (de Vries et al. 2010) Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2010) 40:930-936

- Breaking the silence Howarth, J. and Abbott, D. (2005) Learning Disability Practice 8.5 (June 2005) pp.10-11.

- Challenging homophobia and heterosexism (Norah Fry Institute) booklet for people with learning difficulties and the staff that support them


- Coming out of the shadows Blyth, C (2010) Learning Disability Today (June 2010) pp.14-16.


- Mates ‘n’ Dates Jones, C. and Magowan, E (2010) Learning Disability Today 10.8 pp. 32-34.

- Norah Fry Institute, University of Bristol including photo stories (‘Phil’s story’ and ‘Jan’s story’) in ‘resources’ section 

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