ERIC Number: EJ1061772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Love in a Cold Climate: Changes in the Fortunes of LGBT Men and Women with Learning Disabilities?
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v43 n2 p100-105 Jun 2015
"Secret Loves, Hidden Lives?" was a piece of research which explored the lives and loves of gay, lesbian and bisexual people with learning disabilities. The research arguably influenced the development of policy in that same sex relationships were subsequently mentioned in English government policy on learning disability. The research had an extensive programme of dissemination, and whilst no systematic attempt was made to measure the impact of the dissemination or the research, this study suggests ways in which the research might (or might not) have made a difference in relation to: telling untold stories, supporting front line workers with practical resources, challenging negative assumptions held by staff in services and putting LGBT people with learning disabilities in touch with each other. The study also considers work which was left undone and reflects on the opportunities to support LGBT people with learning disabilities in the current context of financial austerity.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Public Policy, Mental Retardation, Information Dissemination, Foreign Countries, Social Science Research, Attitude Change, Social Networks
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)