At that age, he was, of course, adorable, but also a stunning performer.

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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.

So I was surprised when a post popped up in my Facebook newsfeed advertising his new show, and a risqué one to boot.

The sweet elementary school kid I had known was now openly and vividly discussing his sex life on a stage far away from suburban Ohio. I don't live in the United States currently, so Ryan sent me a video of one of his live performances. Not because of the sexual content - Ryan begins the show lying half-naked in a bed and stroking himself over his boxers as he flirts with a man via webcam - but because of the often ignorant and painful responses he gets from the men he tries to connect with.

Disability activists objected to the title, attacked the programme in advance as a freak show, and condemned the posters for implying that none of those featured could ever be loved.

As Sam talks about fame, the postman arrives at the old schoolhouse he shares with his father, Malcolm, a musician.The members of an art class have objected to a stunt in which a blind man groped their nude model.Meanwhile, Ricky Gervais divided opinion on Thursday night with a Channel 4 comedy drama about a man called Derek, who has learning difficulties.Once again, some of the responses are so blunt and bigoted that it's startling, and all of it is said right to Ryan's face. But it does end on a message of hope and comes complete with a twist that I won't spoil here.This solo show is an extension of the senior project he did for his theater degree, and he further perfected it under the mentorship of famed performance artist and gay activist Tim Miller. As Ryan admits, he still doesn't have all the answers when it comes to dating while gay and disabled. So I sincerely hope that Huff Post readers in NYC will head to Dixon Place this week to see it.His self-reflective commentary is rooted in the best of queer theory (although, he says he only briefly studied it).