Special on Netflix – your’e probably going to want to watch this
Ryan O’Connell’s memoir – I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves – explored his life as a gay man with cerebral palsy. O’Connell is now bringing that story to our screens with his series, Special – releasing on Netflix on 12 April.
With Jim Parsons as Executive Producer, Special is written by and starring O’Connell. O’Connell describes Special as a semi-autobiographical comedy 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.
From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like it’s going to be very funny – pretty much the only measure that matters when it comes to a comedy series.
But it’s not often that we get to see television series that explore life from the perspective of someone living with cerebral palsy, particularly from a queer perspective. Special is also a good prompt for conversations around what dating is like for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, and how our LGBTQ community can do better in embracing people of all abilities.
Special from Ryan O’Connell releases on Netflix on 12 April 2019