What's it like to be a parent with a disability in the queer community? Elizabeth Hull, a mother who has a neurological condition sought to find out as part of her series looking at the parenting experiences of a variety of different communities.
In this episode, Jax Jacki Brown discuses what it's like trying to parent as a queer wheelchair user. She says in part:
"The assumptions that we are not parents I think come from the fact that we are not shown to be parents anywhere, that it's just not considered an option for people with disabilities to be parents. And so people assume all the time that I am not Anne's partner, that I must be a friend or a sister or something. It's often assumed of people in queer relationships that we can't be lovers, but I think it's even more so assumed of disabled people."
She also shared that she feels most LGBTQ people, and parents in particular, tend to be more accepting and inclusive of her status as a queer parent with a disability. "I think that is often because people within the LGBTI community have done a lot of work thinking about who they are and dealing with bigotry and exclusion. And often if they are parents, they've thought carefully about what kind of parents they want to be, and there's a kind of recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion and those sorts of values. So that's a community we feel really safe and accepted in."