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A Comedy About a Gay Man with Cerebral Palsy Is Coming to Netflix

Ryan O'Connell

The show, Special, will be produced by Jim Parsons.

After landing queer-friendly scripted shows like Sex Education and Grace and Frankie, Netflix has inked a deal with The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons to make Special, a comedy about a gay man with a cerebral palsy based on a memoir by Will & Grace writer Ryan O'Connell, the Hollywood Reporter writes. O'Connell will also star in the comedy, so queer, disabled representation for the win!

The series, based on O'Connell's memoir I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves is set to premiere on April 12. The semi-autobiographical comedy is about "a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his identity as an accident victim and finally go after the life he wants."

The show could be a major step forward for queer disabled people, who are often not represented in media.

In January, porn studio HimEros debuted an adult film starring a quadriplegic man as one of the film's stars. The film's star Kenneth Cronin told Out that he hoped his appearance would start more "open communication around sex and disability," and that he would "like it if it was less of a fetish or a taboo and more of a norm."

Given Special's premise and protagonist, expect more conversations about queer, disabled sexuality come April 12.

Related | After Porn Debut, This Quadriplegic Man Opens Up About Ableist Stigma

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