Social Issues

Thomas Banks remains unbending on his quest for true love

Posted on: Sat 11 Dec 2021

Last year, Victorian based freelance writer, actor, stand up comedian and leading training and consultancy business entrepreneur, Thomas Banks got to share his personal experiences on the taboos of sexuality for people with disability, disclosuring your true sense of identity, using online dating apps to ‘hook up’, dealing with heartbreak and verbal communication barriers associated with having a speech impairment, resulting from living with cerebral palsy in the biographical award-winning documentary film, Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love, which was released exclusively on the streaming platform, Stan.

But 12 months after its much anticipated debut, Banks is still scrolling and searching for Mr Right to sweep him off his feet and dispell the insidious yet harmful myth that disabled people are incapable of being an intimate, romantic partner. Underneath his raunchy and cheeky ‘oooh’ demeanour, he has had to deal with society’s ignorant, crude, dismissive and unpleasant misconceptions on sexual proclivities, preferences and desires expressed by disabled people, who always feel oppressed or discouraged from reciprocating their feelings on matters involving what it is they get up to in their bedroom or outside of it.

Banks spoke candidly to Packed Lunch‘s Jarad McLoughlin in explicit and livid detail why the notion of non-normative sexual expression isn’t preceived as naturally receptive by able-bodied individuals, who can’t comprehend nor understand that disabled people enjoy and delight in being sexually active and how he remains unbended (pun intended) in his never-ending, provocative and self-driven quest to find true love with another man. He also offers some tips and advice for those wanting to become more curious, adventurous and confident in embarking on their own fun filled, consensual and guilt free exploration of queer sexcapades.

Produced by Jarad McLoughlin

Photo credit: Pip Kelly

Jarad McLoughlin

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