Creating Time for LGBT+ Disabled Youth: Co-production Outside Chrononormativity

Harvey Humphrey*, Edmund Coleman-Fountain

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This article explores how ‘chrononormative’ constructions of time shape research and offers an approach to co-production and research involvement that draws on insights from trans, queer, and disability studies. The article presents early reflections on an NIHR School for Social Care–funded research study, approved prior to but developed under the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, investigating personal support, sexuality, and gender in young disabled adults’ lives. This project has been supported by a Participatory Advisory Group (PAG) of LGBT+ young disabled adults and we reflect on how engagement with the PAG has shaped our understanding of debates around time and involvement in co-production discourse. Our engagement with trans, queer, and disability theory allows us to think about the constraints on time that such involvement has pushed against as we have sought to account for the diverse needs of the body-minds of the PAG in pandemic times. We suggest that this may speak to opening up the diversity and accessibility of co-production across other research contexts and intend this piece to encourage these conversations. The article thus offers a critical exploration of themes of time, embodiment, and identity in the way in which co-production is enacted in funded research.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Early online date22 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Feb 2023

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research study was funded by an NIHR SSCR grant (ref p147).

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  • chronoromativity
  • co-production
  • disability
  • involvement
  • participation
  • queer studies
  • social care
  • time
  • trans
  • young people

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