I recently interviewed Patty Berne for the radio program Pushing Limits. Berne is part of the performance group, "Sins Invalid" which makes “an unshamed claim to beauty in the face of invisibility.” They are also leaders in the burgeoning disability justice movement.
"Sins Invalid" brings entertainers with disabilities together with a focus on performers of color, and queer and gender-variant artists. Their paradigm-breaking work is thoughtful, sexy and gorgeous. They bust though assumptions and stereotypes about sexuality and disability.
Patty Berne has made a 32 minute film documentary about Sins Invalid. It highlights some of the best performances the group has done and comments on them in the way of a Director's Cut. It's almost unheard of for disabled performers to control the stage when they perform. Watching these performers gave me the privilege of seeing how simple and human the lives of other disabled people are -- even as they focus the spot light and break new ground.
Written by Adrienne Lauby