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The creator and star of Netflix’s Special promises ‘a lot more gay sex’ in season 2

The creator and star of Netflix’s Special promises ‘a lot more gay sex’ in season 2

  • Ryan O’Connell’s TV series was a breakthrough for portraying a gay man living with a disability.
Scene from Special.

Netflix TV series Special will feature ‘a lot more gay sex’ in season two, its creator Ryan O’Connell has promised.

The show won critical acclaim and a lot of love from viewers when it debuted on the streaming service last year.

In the show, O’Connell plays Ryan Kayes, a snarky but lovable 20-something gay guy living with cerebral palsy.

He works at a site for millennials called EggWoke, generating much of the show’s humor. Meanwhile he has to deal with his insecurities while comparing himself to the Instagays around him.

But beyond the jokes, the eight episodes, each only 15 minutes long, tackle his internalized ableism, sexuality, sex work, gay monogamy and more.

Scene from Special.
Season one focused on Ryan’s journey to be honest with himself. Tris Reid-Smith

Season 2 Ryan won’t be entirely ‘footloose and fancy-free’

The series was based on O’Connell’s 2015 memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.

But now Netflix has commissioned another season and, having written all of series one himself, O’Connell says a proper writers’ room is taking the strain this time.

He told Entertainment Today that Ryan’s journey is now about realizing ‘that being honest with who you are is only part of the struggle’.

And he added: ‘He still has a lot of issues regarding disability and not everything is footloose and fancy-free.

‘I think anything that still has a stigma attached to it just naturally excites me. I think there shouldn’t be any of that, especially with gay sex. I’ve had to suffer through so many straight sex scenes and now everyone else has to pay.’

He also said that he is ‘frustrated’ there are not more shows like Special. However, he is proud to be one of the first series to have a gay disabled character in a leading role.

In fact, over 13% of Americans live with a disability. However, LGBT+ media organization GLAAD found that they make up just 2.1% of recurring characters on primetime TV in 2018 to 2019. That’s just 18 characters representing the lives of millions of people.

Special’s next season now faces a delay due to the pandemic as it is only half-finished.

But fans may be pleased to hear O’Connell is working on another show and a book in the meantime – although he’s not revealing any details yet.

Watch the season one trailer here: