Netflix has released the first trailer for its new comedy series “Special,” which follows Ryan O’Connell as a gay man living with mild cerebral palsy.
The eight-episode season is based on O’Connell’s memoir “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.” O’Connell stars and produces the show. Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” also executive produces.
O’Connell told Vulture how important it was to him to represent gay men and disabled people.
“I want to bring gay sex to the forefront in a very accurate, human way. We’ve been so hypersexualized, and it’s just assumed that we f*ck like rabbits. It’s also a really intense, emotional thing for us too,” O’Connell said. “It’s overwhelming because I know that ‘Special’ is not going to speak for every disabled person’s experience. It can never be. You can’t speak for everyone. But when you’re one of the first people that gets the seat at the table, there’s a lot of pressure on you. I hope that ‘Special’ is a success so other stories can be f*cking told. Disabled people need to be empowered.”
“Special” starts streaming on April 12.
Watch the trailer below.