Next episode, we’re getting a prom for LGBTQ+ youth organized by a trans teenage boy played by an actual trans actor, who invites the youngest same-sex couple currently on US television, and he also gets asked to go to prom by a girl.
IF THAT ISN’T THE TIGHTEST SHIT YOU’VE EVER HEARD, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS.
time for a rant bc my sick, disabled body is filled with rage:
it’s getting to be promposal time! yay! i loved watching my friends get asked to prom in high school and promposals are so cute!! but you know what’s not cute? making a huge deal (as the media inevitably does around this time) of a non-disabled person asking a disabled person to prom. i just saw a teen vogue article that was like “nothing will warm your (pitying, infantilizing, and tokenizing) heart like this non-disabled person asking her autistic friend to prom!!!!!” and i’m just like… what exactly is newsworthy about a disabled person going to prom? like why is that ~sooooo heartwarming~? is it because we don’t believe disabled people do normal, everyday high school things or have friends or go on dates or have social lives? is it because we are so moved by non-disabled people taking on the enormous burden of going with a disabled person to prom? do we think they’re saints for lowering themselves to the level of disabled people? what exactly makes this proposal more moving than the zillions of others going on around the country? please stop pitying and tokenizing disabled people and making cross-ability prom dates some big deal.
tl;dr: stop acting like disabled people don’t do normal stuff/have friends bc that’s ableist af