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‘Why, As a Disabled Person, I Play Games’: A Thread From The Geeky Gimp

Our good friend and Geek Girl Riot host Erin Hawley aka The Geeky Gimp posted an incredible thread about disability and gaming, and we just had to share:

“THREAD: I am proud to be #disabled. I am comfortable w/ who I am. Sometimes my disabilities make life a little harder, like chronic pain and breathing problems. Yet the hardest part of being disabled, for me, is the #ableism I experience on a daily basis. It cuts like a sword.

It’s exhausting to constantly refute society’s belief that who I am is wrong. That my existence is unusual, an oddity, and an automatic death sentence. I know I am a person worthy of just BEING and living and breathing the same air as abled people.

I say all this because of well-meaning comments I’ve heard that say I and other disabled people need access to gaming so we can escape from our disabilities. I need you to know that is NOT why I game. My disability is an integral part of my identity that I don’t want erased.”

I game as a way to have fun, to relax, to socialize, to take part in some escapism – you know, just like all gamers. I actually want disabled characters in games. I want to SEE disability in #gaming. I want people to see the whole me, and to include the whole me.

When you say I use gaming to escape my #disability, you are saying that the disabled part of me is wrong, something I shouldn’t want to be. But I want to be exactly as I am.

That’s all for now. You all are amazing – thanks for the support, always. 



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