Dating sites for gays with disabilities
The hurdles people face are both physical (a lack of access) and social (a lack of awareness and acceptance).
For the physically disabled, social options are extremely limited: first floor nightclubs, no disabled toilets, doors not wide enough and even non-admittance.
If you think that you have a tough time meeting women, just imagine what your life would be like if you had the added challenge of a disability.
A lack of self-esteem can lead to disabled people excluding themselves, but being disabled and a lesbian makes you a minority times two.
Lisa, a friend from Manchester, told me: "I am a person who happens to be a lesbian, who happens to have a disability, but most importantly, I am a whole person...
I feel I belong to two communities but do not fit in to either." Both groups face discrimination and prejudice, exclusion and separation from mainstream society.
Add to this the sad reality of trying to date an able-bodied individual and it can feel like a very lonely existence.
Some are afraid to get involved with a disabled woman, and even when a person is willing to be open-minded, testing the waters is often fraught and puts an added strain on the fledgling relationship.