- Nyle Dimarco
Wow… I am humbled and honored to accept the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell award for my disability activism and as an actor. Thank you @mediaaccessawards and @eastersealssocal. In my speech I talked about how society likes to question my hardship as a deaf/disabled person when I had a perfect life. My parents are deaf. My whole family is deaf. I’m the fourth generation. I went to deaf schools growing up. Able-bodied and hearing people like to think it is literally impossible for disabled people to be happy. Why? Why do they think that? The answer is… it is how TV/films portray us. Hollywood dictates a perception of minority groups. We can solve this and create authentic stories by encouraging our industry to INCLUDE disabled actors, directors, writers, etc. into the story-making process. This is where true inclusion happens. P.S. Yep, I pulled a Madonna with two tuxedos for one single event 😛
Honored to be able to attend the Democratic Debate! As a Deaf person, I am consistently inquisitive about the candidates’ disability policy. In America, there are more than 55 million citizens living with disabilities. This makes us the largest minority group in the US and with that being said, I strongly believe that we also are a key voting bloc in 2020. Too often politicians forget us. Last but not least, the candidates need to be able to call out racism, sexism, and xenophobia. They also need to express their belief and plan for LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, gun-control & reform, immigrants reform, better healthcare, climate change, closing concentration camps and many more that make us all equal citizens. 🤟🏼🤟🏼 #RevUp!