Disabled people are sexy. That's the message Andrew Gurza is spreading. And, you know, a few thousand others on twitter. The founder of the #DisabledPeopleAreHot hashtag -- because every hashtag has a founder now -- says he wants "disabled people to see themselves as sexual and sensual."
People are starting to get the message. The hashtag has already been shared over three million times on Twitter and is beginning to spread to Instagram. And during the month that celebrates International Wheelchair Day (March 1st), what better a time to spread awareness that disabled people are absolutely sexy. Many enjoy healthy and active sex lives with long term partners, steady relationships, and hey, even a one night stand or two.
A quick warning to those of you reading at work: this article is about to get sexy. We're not going to show any bits and pieces, but best to make sure your manager isn't looking over your shoulder.
Meet Andrew Gurza.
Here's how #DisabledPeopleAreHot started.In an interview with Vice, Andrew lays it out. "A couple weeks ago I was bored and on Twitter. I typed in the sentence Disabled People are Hot in the search bar just to see what would happen. Nothing came up.
"So I posted a photo naked except for a hat covering my genitals."
I am not afraid of your body, so why are you afraid of mine? #DisabledPeopleAreHot https://t.co/ENbHjCculy— Drew Gurza is Your Disabled Best Friend (@Drew Gurza is Your Disabled Best Friend)1550424109.0
It’s important for two reasons:"One. For disabled people to see themselves as sexual and sensual. To be given permission to do that is hugely important. We’re often denied the right to be sexual whenever we want to be. This hashtag is saying: Hey, you want to feel slutty today? You want to feel good about your body? Here is a place to do that!"
"We've been sexy the whole time."
via: Lady Pim/Twitter"Two: it’s showing non-disabled people that we are here. We exist and we’ve been sexy the whole time. Here is picture proof of it. It’s showing them that it’s OK to sexualize disabled people as long as disabled people have agency over that sexualization. And that’s what the hashtag does. It allows people to put themselves out there in a sexy way. On their terms."
And the hashtag is killing it.The hashtag has been seen by over 3 million users since its inception this week.
Andrew thinks that when people are uncomfortable, change can happen the fastest. He wants people to challenge their own views."If we keep talking about sexuality and disability in ways that are comfortable for non-disabled audiences we’re not going to get anywhere. What the hashtag does — what all my work does — is pushes people to sit in their discomfort for a minute."
"I didn’t have a role model like that growing up.""My whole job as a disability consultant started out of the need to share. I was lonely, I didn’t have community and I had stories to tell. I wanted to talk about all the times I had been trying to access my sexuality and been told ‘no.’ I wanted to talk about all the times I had been told ‘no’ because of who I am. I want to be visible and disabled for people who need to see themselves. I want to show we can thrive." "I didn’t have a role model like that growing up. I don’t have a role model like that now. I am that role model for myself and for a number of other people. I may be in a wheelchair—and sure I can’t do some things—but I sure as heck can suck dick. I can be sexy, create viral campaigns, and be honest about who I am."
So now that we've shared the story of the hashtag, we'd like to share some of our favorite tweets from the movement. But first, it's important to remember this:
Never judge people! Not all disabilities are seen.🤗 #DisabledPeopleAreHot #DisabledAndCute #DisabilityRights https://t.co/cB8gKABci5— Edra Sage 💞 Sacred Sexuality Guide (@Edra Sage 💞 Sacred Sexuality Guide)1552001649.0
#DisabledPeopleAreHot I’m a professional actress with autism - I get looked over for parts that are written for at… https://t.co/S4jwQSwT3y— Natasha (@Natasha)1550956469.0
@SignareGriottesMeghan is a historian that has to use a cane, and is also super hot!
@andrewgurza when I was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago, I weighed 250 pounds and couldn’t walk a half a mile outsid… https://t.co/WFGOvNS3iQ— Colin Lovvorn (@Colin Lovvorn)1551742288.0
#DisabledPeopleAreHot OUT HERE SLAYIN WITH MY IVIG https://t.co/UmEmTrcoNk— kels♡ (@kels♡)1551992220.0
#DisabledPeopleAreHot .. well after my hydrotherapy i was very hot .. https://t.co/UmpXIBn4ut— DjShitbag (@DjShitbag)1551830093.0
@zitellonaNichole had a number of heart complications and is super hot.
Facts are facts #DisabledPeopleAreHot https://t.co/pjBiTpI2Qx— Alexlynnxo (@Alexlynnxo)1551852115.0
A friend of mine took pictures of me yesterday & I like them (which doesn’t happen very often). So yeah, I LOOK GRE… https://t.co/CS0QE206Cm— Herenui (@Herenui)1552152145.0
I need your help, twitterverse. I can’t come up with a good name for my new rollator/wheelchair hybrid. Suggestion… https://t.co/7ldQRcVYLE— Lisa Marie Walters (@Lisa Marie Walters)1552191169.0
Not only is it PUBLICATION DAY but it's also #InternationalWheelchairDay and hell let's also get involved with… https://t.co/VEJ9Upexwf— Stephen Lightbown (@Stephen Lightbown)1551440909.0
#DisabledPeopleAreHot 💜 Lupus warrior and polio survivor, doing my part for the cause while staying hot💋 https://t.co/jg38MEQ2cY— Alexis Brooks (@Alexis Brooks)1552281114.0
@punkpetrockThis person goes by the name "Knife" on twitter and wants to remind you that disabled people are vain and hot.
@andrewgurza Feeling cute today. #DisabledPeopleareHot https://t.co/LVekP8DO1M— Brad (buy #BlazewrathGames) (@Brad (buy #BlazewrathGames))1552009265.0
As we all know life with #MultipleSclerosis comes with its challenges. As @SelmaBlair has shown us, life with a c… https://t.co/paTWCjey1P— Lisa (@Lisa)1552183539.0
@_BLEU___This is Blue. He is a disabled pole dancer, which might just be the hottest thing in this whole article.
Quite right too #DisabledPeopleAreHot @andrewgurza @BBCWorld https://t.co/PLNr6L3Nv3— David Jobling 🌏 (@David Jobling 🌏)1551870527.0
@OMGitsacrippleThis sculptor from California is all hot in his sepia tones.
Lovely evening at the #AAPDgala with my love, @benebenebeneb. #BabeWithAMobilityAid #DisabledPeopleAreHot https://t.co/IJOhq8dBoA— Sabrina Epstein 🌈👩🏻🦽🎨 (@Sabrina Epstein 🌈👩🏻🦽🎨)1552482213.0
Bored and pickswizzled #Deadpool #Xforce #cable #clown #DisabledPeopleAreHot #Disability #DisabledAndCute #baked… https://t.co/kNuEhp4W9X— If I had two legs I’d be an asshole (@If I had two legs I’d be an asshole)1552274367.0
One more for the cause #disabledpeoplearehot #MSwarrior #selfiesfortherevolution https://t.co/7FtnBs6m28— Black Thunder 🍉🥄 (@Black Thunder 🍉🥄)1552289372.0
My sight has deteriorated a little again, so until my brain adjusts I'm going to be disoriented and tired but still… https://t.co/WK1NSZZy4a— StreetsOfRach (@StreetsOfRach)1551563872.0