The first study on LGBTQIA people with disabilities was conducted in Russia

Queer-Peace, a member of the Russian LGBT Network, has conducted a study on the rights of LGBTQIA people with disabilities. The authors of the study concluded that there are at least 650 000 of gays and lesbians with disabilities in Russia. These people are most often subject to multiple discrimination, both as representatives of LGBT and as physically challenged.

The study was based on the data of an online survey. The authors have gathered and analyzed data of 115 questionnaires. In the survey, residents of over 20 regions of Russia were questioned. The target group of the study are physically challenged LGBTQIA people (with 45.2% of respondents identifying themselves as gays and lesbians, 36.5% as bisexual, 13% saying they were pansexual, and 5.1% heterosexual).

The study shows that 66.4% of the respondents have experienced discrimination on the grounds of their physical disability. Sexuality-based discrimination accounts for the second most discriminated group and amounts to 62.1% of the respondents. Gender-based discrimination came third to include 34.5% of the respondents. It turns out that sexuality and gender identity are no less frequent grounds for ostracism and discrimination as disability.

“There is a common belief that no matter what sexuality or gender identity is attributed to a disabled person, they are preeminently perceived as incapacitated, and the rest has a secondary effect. It is believed that it is the state of health, it is physical and mental state that shapes the whole life of a person with special needs. However, our study does not confirm that view. The study shows that among the disabled 48.3% have been psychologically abused and 16.4% have been physically abused. Whereas sexuality has turned out to be the grounds for 49.1% cases of psychological abuse, 12.1% of physical abuse and 6% of economical mistreatment”.