Andrew Gurza is a Canadian content creator with cerebral palsy who describes himself as “your #1 queer cripple. If you know Andrew, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise, since he likes to pose for photos as a hot leather daddy in his chair. If you don’t know him, you should. Aside from running a disability consulting business, he also started and is the host of the podcast, Disability After Dark, which works to shine a bright light on issues surrounding sex and disability.
The show features both guests and reads letters from listeners called minisodes. Since people with disabilities are often portrayed as sexless in the media, this show is groundbreaking for those with disabilities who want to hear about issues they can relate to, as well as for people who want to learn more about how they can be inclusive when having sex with or dating someone with a disability. Andrew, who can be found on queer dating apps, wants people to know that those with disabilities are able to have great sex just like anyone else.
Editor-in-Chief Amanda chatted with Andrew over email about starting your own business when you have a disability, the obstacles that come from trying to get your work off the ground as a content creator and what kind of sexy episodes we can expect from his podcast, Disability After Dark.
You started a disability consulting business so you could work for yourself. Tell us more about how that came to fruition.
I had finished school and I was having trouble finding jobs that would accommodate my disability. Truthfully, I was pretty depressed, and one day in 2012, I just decided to call myself a disability consultant, create a card and see what happened. It’s been six years now, and I travel all over the world as your #1 queer cripple, so that’s awesome.
Can you give some examples of why people might hire you as a disability consultant?
People can hire me to talk to their college groups about the lived experience of disability. I’ve been asked to help porn producers consider disability. I’ve also been asked to speak to doctor offices and health organizations about disability. While my work primarily focuses on sex and disability, my overall goal is to make disability an experience we can all share in.
People with disabilities are often portrayed as sexless, but your podcast is opening up a dialogue about having a disability and a fulfilling sex-life. What can new listeners expect from your show?
I think new listeners can expect a fun, real, raw, honest conversation around sex and disability that goes beyond the overly-simplistic question, “How do you have sex?” My podcast goes way deeper than that, and I hope new listeners gain a new perspective. Or, if the new listener identifies as disabled, I hope my podcast is a place where they can feel at home.
“One day I decided to call myself a disability consultant, create a card and see what happened. It’s been six years now, and I travel all over the world.”
What kind of episodes do you want to create in the future?
I wanna have big guests and more minisode episodes [letters Andrew reads out] that are submitted by the listeners.
Are there any obstacles that are holding you back from growing your show?
It can indeed be difficult, because what I am talking about is so niche, and so I often struggle with the fact that my numbers aren’t as big as I might want them to be. After 100 episodes, I also worry that I’ve explored every possible facet of sex and disability, or that people might get bored.
How can people support Disability After Dark?
One of the biggest ways people can support the show is by subscribing and reviewing it on iTunes. From there people can also join our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/cripplecontent and pledge as little as $1/month to get access to early episodes.
For more from Andrew and his show, Disability After Dark, follow him on Twitter @andrewgurza.
Published in the Fall 2018 issue. Get it in digital or print here.