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Meet a Gay Man With Down Syndrome Who Doesn't Let Labels Define Him

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In an ongoing video series by Mic called “Flip the Script,” the outlet took a closer look at the use of the “R” word in pop culture. As part of this exploration, they sat down to talk with some people affected by it.

In the video below, Mic editor Elizabeth Plank talks with Paul, a young man from Brooklyn, who has Down syndrome and also happens to be gay. He and his mother discuss with Plank the way the word “gay” is used pejoratively in a similar way to the “R” word and the harmful effect these words can have on people.

I am homosexual,” Paul says in the video below, “and I feel fabulous about it.”

Watch their full interaction in the video below: 

For more “Flip the Script” videos, check out Mic’s YouTube channel

Originally published: April 14, 2015
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