It may refer to limitations imposed on people by the constraints of an ableist society (the social model).
Once again, some of the responses are so blunt and bigoted that it's startling, and all of it is said right to Ryan's face. But it does end on a message of hope and comes complete with a twist that I won't spoil here.
This solo show is an extension of the senior project he did for his theater degree, and he further perfected it under the mentorship of famed performance artist and gay activist Tim Miller. As Ryan admits, he still doesn't have all the answers when it comes to dating while gay and disabled. So I sincerely hope that Huff Post readers in NYC will head to Dixon Place this week to see it.
It substantially affects a person's life activities and may be present from birth or occur during a person's lifetime.
Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.
" "I was going into these bars where gay men were supposed to go to be accepted, and I was being made to feel like I had four horns coming out of my head! And even though I am watching a video replay, I gasp along with the rest at each anecdote he recounts.
But despite the heavy subject matter, is not a depressing show. For nearly every awkward or disappointing dating encounter Ryan shares, he surprises the audience with an equally hilarious punch line.
He explores the complicated issues of sex, love and disability in the gay community in a solo show called, at Dixon Place in New York City on Nov. It is a stirring work of theater, replete with both heartrending and deliberately hilarious moments. Full disclosure, I first met Ryan back in our hometown of Parma, Ohio, when he was nine years old and I was 16.
He had been cast as a young Ebenezer Scrooge in my high school's production of .
At that age, he was, of course, adorable, but also a stunning performer.
A while after I graduated from college, we became friends on Facebook, but I only got a glimpse of what he was doing with his life.
Debates about proper terminology and their implied politics continue in disability communities and the academic field of disability studies.