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Saying who you are: Identifying best practice to support positive identities for LGBTQ people with intellectual disability

This research aimed to develop an evidence base for best practice in supporting LGBTQ people with intellectual disability.


The project focused on the voices of LGBTQ people with intellectual disability to consider the processes, systems, interventions, supports or frameworks which exist or are desired in people’s lives and how they enable or restrict the opportunity to “say who you are”.


The research methods in this project maximised the opportunity to hear from LGBTQ people with intellectual disability to identify practices and supports. A focus group phase led by Rainbow Rights & Advocacy asked open-ended questions such as ‘what helps you to feel good about being LGBTQ?’ This resulted in the creation of 22 statements which were organised into four pillars of best practice: recognition, relationships, place and community. 

A co-designed, modified Delphi method resulted in consensus for the final 17 statements. The Delphi recognised the value of lived experience and recruited a panel made up entirely of LGBTQ people with intellectual disability. 

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