On the eve of his 30th birthday, Andrew Morrison-Gurza reflected on his life as an LGBTQ man with Cerebral Palsy, and the event that helped shape his identity as a gay man.
With wit and candour, Andrew's unvarnished recounting of his loss of innocence shines a light on the culture of desire perpetuated within the LGBT community, and ideas of body image, abelism and gay identity.
Andrew Morrison-Gurza is a Disability Awareness Consultant with an MA of Legal Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. specializing in Persons with Disabilities and the Law. He also advocates within the LGBTQ communities representing Queers with Disabilities.
It is his goal to interrupt our homo-normative, body beautiful queer culture and introduce disability into the mix to ensure that Queer Persons with Disabilities are represented across all mediums. His aim is to 'make disability accessible to everyone'. He has also represented Queers with Disabilities on the popular MTV Canada television program, "1 Girl 5 Gays". He is a featured blogger on Huffington Post Gay Voices and The Good Men Project. You can reach him on Twitter at @deliciouslydrew and view his media portfolio at www.andrewmorrisongurza.com.
Bedding Andrew is about many things. On it's surface, it's a simple story about a first date gone wrong, but beneath that anecdote lies bigger ideas about gay body image fascism, love in the age of internet dating, and the experience of the outsider amongst outsiders. People with Disabilities are still on the frontiers of acquiring some very basic human rights and access to services. I hope my documentary opens up some dialogue about these issues. It's a short film that been a long time in coming.