A three-part series featuring queer disabled voices.

By Neve Be

There is a myth, amongst the nondisabled, that disabled people are not sexual. Not just among them, though, for we disabled people are fed this myth too. As a sexual/erotic performance artist and disability justice advocate with an apparent physical disability, I have been asked to speak on this topic many times. In recent radical fringe to more mainstream writing and media, more efforts are being made by both disabled and nondisabled thinkers to put these two words and concepts into conversation with one another. I’m excited by this conversation. And I want to expand it.

It’s not enough to say that disabled people are sexual. I don’t need to shock the uninitiated anymore. Disabled people are sexual. Yes! And disabled people are also romantic, sweet, hot, in love, out of love, hungry, masochistic or sadistic, creative, communicative, desirous. Some of us are even gay (or queer, bi, lesbian, you name it)! We are not these things necessarily because of or in spite of our disabilities. But our disabilities have taught us a lot about how to have a body. And how to have a complicated body that wants complicated things. We are alive, dynamic beings, capable of complex feelings and desires. It is possible for our desires to be numerous, to shift, to change shape, for we are also numerous, diverse, and changing.

In September of last year, I sent out a…

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This article excerpt was sourced from the website Google News - Disability and the original article can be found at Disabled Sexuality: We're Here, We're Queer and We're Sexy!.

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