Intersections of Identity: Exceptionality and LGBTQ


Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

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Special Education

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Recognizing the significance of Garnets’ (2002) statement, “No single element of identity, be it class, race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, can truly be understood except in relation to the others,” this article is devoted to raising awareness and opening the conversation for educators regarding multiple minority youth; that is, youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ), as racial minorities, and as people with disabilities. While researchers and activists recognize the intersectionality of minority status and oppression, we need to open that door to include those who identify as LGBTQ in addition to other social identity variables. That intersection of sexuality and gender identities with other social identity variables is essential to acknowledge in order to develop effective, culturally appropriate interventions and prevention programs aimed at promoting the mental and physical health of LGBTQ youth (DeBlaere, Brewster, Sarkees, & Moradi, 2013).

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