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Ever get the feeling that every hashtag you think up has been used before? Well, it turns out there are still a few that haven't - and Canadian Andrew Gurza recently hit upon one. Mr Gurza, who has cerebral palsy, asked people to post pictures of themselves "feeling sexy, feeling good about themselves and feeling happy and disabled".
People from around the world snapped selfies - some with mobility devices such as wheelchairs or crutches, others with a nod to their hidden disability. Then, they let the world see and appreciate them at their best. Robert West got in on the actionwith his artistic moustache. I'm in! A hash tag that promotes disabled visibility and my own terrible vanity?
DisabledPeopleAreHot pic. Alexia Gil says : "Just one of the only photos where I think it's true for my case. I'm getting there. Phillip B Turcotte tweeted his image with the caption: "Thanks andrewgurza for starting this now trending hashtag, and for inspiring me to post a pic where I feel strong, powerful, and hot. Thanks andrewgurza for starting this now trending hashtag, and for inspiring me to post a pic where I feel strong, powerful, and hot. Others are pleased the hashtag is doing well but feel a bit too shy to in with their own photo.
Suswati Basu tweets: "Love this hashtag. Won't put one up myself but will appreciate others with the courage to do so. Andrew Gurza gives BBC Ouch the lowdown on his plans for the "merch" he's going to produce for the hashtag and how it's a lot more than just a flash-in-the-pan trend. Mr Gurza says tweets such as Basu's "show how much internalised ableism we still have in our community and how afraid we are to admit that we were allowed to be hot".
Ableism, by the way, is the name given to discrimination that favours able-bodied people above those with disabilities. Mr Gurza runs the weekly Disability After Dark podcast, which deals frankly with sexuality and disability. He says disabled people have spent centuries feeling undesirable but the hashtag goes beyond just being more positive. Khiarial tweeted : "Just wanted to hop on this hashtag because I literally had a guy tell me I'm too pretty to be in a wheelchair and that if it Hot men in wheelchairs for my chair, he would date me.
Anyways, here I am hot, disabled, and unbothered by ignorance. If Mr Gurza's hashtag sounds familiar, that's because a few others have struck a similar chord. So the hashtag's been a success, what next? Or is it just another social media flash in the pan? What's different about the people in these posters?
Image source, Brandy Lewis. His hashtag? The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. View original tweet on Twitter. Turcotte PBT90 February 22, Listen to the podcast.
Image source, Kiri Godfrey. Image source, Eileen Davidson. Related Topics. Disability Inspiring stories.
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