It can feel like the world will end if you haven’t had sex or a sexual or romantic relationship by your mid-twenties. There are countless ways in which our culture puts pressure on young people to gain experience in romantic and sexual relationships. But truthfully, if you don’t have much, or even any, experience with dating and sex, you are not doomed to never experience romantic and sexual connection. The world also will not end.
The super-basics on what lubricant is and why people use it.
Disabled people get a lot of practice telling people about our bodies: doctors, therapists, care workers, or people in our support networks like family and friends. It's so important to be able to tell our partners how to support and pleasure us in the ways that work for us, but even though we’ve got all that practice, this conversation can still be really hard to start. Here's some help.
We've all been influenced and impacted by white supremacy for longer than anyone alive can recall. Throughout history, white supremacy has idealized and normalized dominant identities and behaviors, and has shamed and oppressed those outside of them. Here's some ways this has manifested in our bodies and some ways you can start to dismantle that impact and reconnect.
This free helpline is 07770 884 985 and by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. It is open 11am to 7pm weekdays. The line is for any questions related to sex and disability, and is run by sex therapists who specialize in disability.
An incredibly diverse and rich list of sex education resources specifically for or about those with disabilities. In coordination with Couwenhoven, RespectAbility released this lengthy guide featuring resources for sexual education for children, teenagers and adults with disabilities, with a focus on those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A video for young people which holds and explains that all people are (potentially) sexual beings, no matter what their bodies can or cannot do physically or what type of support they may need from time to time or all of the time.
If you have a chronic illness or disability and want to see if you can find love among other people with similar health challenges, there are a few dating apps to choose from.
Guidelines for support and sexual health education for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities via the Sexual Health Equity for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (SHEIDD) project, which works to promote comprehensive sexual health education for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Depending on your disability, everything involving sex may require help – and if your parent is your primary caregiver, bringing up these topics (let alone asking for assistance with them) is not an easy task. It is possible to have a healthy and fulfilling relationship and sex life as a disabled person with a parent caregiver (or any other kind of caregiver). Here's a guide to help you out in this department.