What is it about?

This paper examined how trans people with learning disabilities are perceived and discussed in the academic literature. There was a lack of clear terminology, people were viewed medically, and evidence that identifying with a non-conforming gender identity was seen as a problem by services. Services need to be better informed about issues around gender identity so that they are able to better support trans people with intellectual disabilities.

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Why is it important?

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no previous literature review has focused only on trans people with intellectual disabilities.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations. This article is vital research that offers forward progress about people with learning disabilities that identify as trans.

Nathan Keates
University of Kent

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This page is a summary of: “Lost in the literature.” People with intellectual disabilities who identify as trans: a narrative review, Tizard Learning Disability Review, February 2022, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/tldr-04-2021-0009.
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