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2015 really does feel like it was a turning point – no, a launching pad – for sex and disability conversations.

Here’s just a small sampling:

Mainstream media outlets approached sex and disability in ways they rarely have before, including coverage from the CBC, Cosmo, The atlantic, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Toronto saw its first disability-friendly sex party organized by the founders (both disabled) of Deliciously Disabled.

The ever-popular Huffington Post’s “gay voices” section included a regular column on sex and disability for queer folks, including an article on just what it was like to plan that sex party anyway.

Wright State University held it’s first ever Sex and Disability Conference

See my coverage of Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

An organization in France published the first two issues of a quarterly magazine on love and sex written by and for people with intellectual disabilities. Titled “J’existe et je veux” (“I exist and I want), this magazine might be the first publication of its kind released anywhere, in any language.

Disabled women presented a panel on disability concerns, including sexuality at a prominent feminist conference. Even in 2015, inclusion of disabled women in feminist spaces is rare and noteworthy.

The Disability Visibility Project interviewed Olivia Davis about attitudes towrds disabled people’s sexualities, and the need for open, honest conversations about sex.

Disabled people were also writing, writing, writing in 2015, publishing raw, honest, educational pieces including everything from 3 Ways You Might Be Marginalizing Disabled Asexual People (And What to Do About It) to Being Disabled, Kinky, & Into BDSM – and of course Kylie Jenner’s sexualized photo shoot with wheelchair as prop stirred up all kinds of sex and disability commentary by disabled voices.

And then there were books.

I think this might have been a record year for sex and disability related books.

Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency

QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (Reviewed here.)

Poetic Confessions

Trophy Wife: Sexuality. Disability. Femininity.

Loneliness and Its Opposite: Sex, Disability, and the Ethics of Engagement

These two aren’t specific to sex and sexuality, but are incredibly meaningful contributions to disability history.

Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

What were your 2015 sex and disability discoveries?