Her right leg is missing, because she was born a congenital amputee.
“It looks like I was designed to have one leg, like a mermaid’s body,” she says.
This assumption, he makes explicitly clear in the show, is ridiculously false.
But getting other gay men to realize that or give him a chance is a hurdle.
But Ryan's ability to find humor in such lonely, painful situations is also because he has been living this reality all his life.
As a student at Ohio Wesleyan University, he produced a short documentary film, in which he straight up asked gay men whether they would ever date someone with a disability.
Because she is missing her leg, she also has only half a bum and half a pelvis, and she was worried that her vagina was disfigured—she’d never compared hers to anyone else’s.
Still, that confidence didn’t translate to her day-to-day life outside the pool.
By 19, she’d fallen into a pattern of only making out with men when she was drunk.
Then maybe after, you'll work up the nerve to ask Ryan out on a date.
Seven years ago, Stephanie Dixon, the 17-time Paralympic medallist who was widely considered to be one of the best female swimmers in the world, appeared on billboards across the country.