My Photo Essay For Dwarfism Awareness Month6.5k views
“Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It’s one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice,” said “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage. Catcalls, mocking, gawking, strangers taking photos are only a few of the daily challenges associated with having dwarfism.
There are an estimated 30,000 people in the United States and 651,000 internationally with a type of dwarfism. In July 2009, the word “midget” was declared inappropriate and offensive. Little People of America has registered a complaint with the FCC over the use of the “m” word. Our goal is to raise awareness around the offensive impact of the word in order to eliminate the use of it in media, popular culture and in everyday language (resource: lpaonline.org).
The goal of this photo essay is to celebrate diversity and stop the bullying. Here is a glimpse into the lives of the Webster family. The story is told through their own thoughts and experiences. Let’s stop pointing fingers and start intertwining them. We hope you will join us by learning and sharing!
“Growing up in a family where both my parents are little like me I felt like I fit in pretty well. And then I met the world, and they didn’t have quite the same opinion as me” (Rachel Webster)