Across various academic disciplines, the study of human sexuality has often erased or created deviants out of anyone who falls outside the norm. This includes queer sexuality and variant ability sexuality but is especially true for those who fall into both categories. This work seeks to shed light on the erasure and demonization of queer variant ability populations, contributing to the growing body of research on variant ability sexuality, queer communities, and medical needs for marginalized groups. We focus mainly on the COVID-19 pandemic and h ighlight the need for increased academic research, public attention, and medical support for this marginalized group. This paper pulls from feminist studies, disability studies, sociology, and more The authors' identities also inform it as a queer and chronically ill individual and a queer and mentally ill individual. Through this work, the authors highlight how this population has been erased from the impact that erasure has had during the pandemic and urge the reader to consider this group more carefully as they go about their work, activist, and social lives. Ultimately, many social processes uniquely harm queer variant ability populations, and those processes have been exacerbated by COVID-19.
Stevens, E., & Tarnoff, S. (2022). Hidden Bodies: Queer Variant Ability, Intimacy & COVID-19. Sociation Today. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/17139
Stevens, Emily, and Stella Tarnoff. 2022. “Hidden Bodies: Queer Variant Ability, Intimacy & COVID-19”. Sociation Today. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/17139.
Stevens, E., and S. Tarnoff. Hidden Bodies: Queer Variant Ability, Intimacy & COVID-19. Sociation Today, 2022, https://oaks.kent.edu/node/17139.