Disabled characters and their sexuality appear relatively frequently in legends and texts but are usually harnessed to powerful negative metaphors.
Consider the myth of Hephaestus, born ‘shriveled of foot’ and cast out from Olympus by his mother.
One of the best examples is in William Shakespeare’s Richard III, who is written as twisted in body and mind or, as he says of himself, “rudely stamped” and rendered impotent by his physical limitations.
Disabled people have also been stereotyped as being hypersexual – a claim used against women with learning difficulties in particular.
The internationally famed multi-disciplinary performer Mat Fraser has long explored the relationship between disability, entertainment and sexuality.
He is currently appearing in the popular US TV series .
Disabled people and their allies have been campaigning for change for decades.