We introduce you to these famous LGBT+ who lived or live with invisible disabilities. What you see is not always all that exists.
Many people don’t know that these LGBT+ celebrities have invisible disabilities , so we want to introduce them to you in case you don’t know them yet and tell you a little more about them.
When we talk about disabilities, it is very normal to think of those that affect the mobility and physical functionality of a person. However, there are some physical and psychological conditions that are not perceptible to the human eye that can also represent a challenge for a person’s development and social interaction.
We clarify that they are all considered psychosocial disabilities, since they are mental disorders for which people are stigmatized and excluded.
Nyle DiMarco rose to fame when he won America ‘s Next Top Model contest in 2015. DiMarco is not only openly gay, but he is also deaf-mute, just like his entire family. For this reason, the model and mathematician has dedicated himself to being a spokesperson in the fight for LGBT+ rights and for people with disabilities.Nyle DiMarco is one of the famous LGBT+ with invisible disabilities.
The bisexual singer has always been open about her bipolarity and about the episodes she suffers. In June 2019, she even revealed that she had checked into a sanatorium twice in her career. Likewise, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she said that her third album is highly influenced by the manic episode that she was suffering in the months that she wrote her songs about her.
The singer Halsey is another of the bisexual artists on this list.
Stephen Fry is one of the famous LGBT+ people who live with invisible disabilities
Stephen Fry is a British gay comedian, actor, director and writer. At 37, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder , something the celebrity had never heard of. Following his diagnosis, Fry made the documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive in which he exposes the large number of people in the UK who suffer from this condition, as well as the stigma surrounding it .Elliott Spencer and Stephen Fry (right) are an LGBT+ couple.
Niall Aslam is one of the famous LGBT+ with invisible disabilities
Niall Aslam became famous for his participation in Love Island . He left the show after only 8 days due to health problems. After 2 weeks of leaving the reality show , Aslam uploaded a post to his social networks in which he said that he lived with Asperger’s Syndrome , a type of autism that the celebrity had hidden from people until then.This is Niall Aslam.
Agnes Martin was a minimalist painter from Canada. Despite the fame she gained in the 1960s and 1970s, she always stayed out of the public eye. For this reason, in 1997, Saturday Night magazine named her “Canada’s Most Unknown Accomplished Artist.” Her schizophrenia, combined with the fear of what the art world might think of her for being a lesbian , could be 2 big reasons to stay away from society. Agnes Martin passed away in 2004 at an artists’ retirement center in Taos, New Mexico.
Valerie Solanas was an American lesbian author known for writing the SCUM Manifesto . However, her fame rose dramatically when she attempted to assassinate her friend Andy Warhol in 1968, accusing him of having too much control of his life. At her trial she was declared mentally unstable and she was sent to Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. She there she was diagnosed in 1969 with chronic paranoid schizophrenia.Valerie Solanas, known for the assassination attempt against Andy Warhol.
These were just 6 LGBT+ celebrities living with an invisible disability. And while it is important to talk about depression and anxiety in LGBT+ people, it is also extremely necessary to start making visible all the psychological and physical conditions that a person can experience.
Only by fighting to give these people a voice will we realize that, within the same LGBT+ diversity, we also have functional diversity, neurodivergences and other types of conditions that society never talks about, but always judges .