Excerpt from: Huffington Post (click for full article)
I have always had a special place in my heart for people with disabilities. One of my best friends from college has a brother with a severe mental illness and over the years, as we became closer, he became more like a brother to me as well. I've always known that people with mental and physical disabilities clearly have a much harder time than the rest of us. Something that we take for granted, such as easily getting out of bed in the morning can end up being an excruciating process for people with disabilities. Knowing this, I often wondered what it was like for members for the LGBT community with disabilities. As a gay man myself, I know how focused other gay men can be on the aesthetic when choosing a partner and I also know that navigating your way through the community can tricky, even when you can walk on your own two feet. I recently sat down with Andrew Morrison-Gurza, a 28 year old gay male who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Andrew is a grad student who is finishing his MA in Legal Studies with a concentration on Disability and currently looking for work. Andrew has spastic quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. He cannot walk and uses an electric powered wheelchair to get around.