Making space for disability and illness, and reclaiming medical areas, on Episode 23 of the Bawdy Love Podcast.

Karolyn Gehrig is done feeling overlooked in medical institutions. As a person with an invisible disability, she’s in and out of doctor’s offices, and while they’re places made to house patients they rarely are designed with comfort in mind. Karolyn created #Hospitalglam to make a statement: we need to create patient-first care, including spaces that help patients feel like their full identities – not just a body with an illness or disability.

In this episode, we talk about discomfort experienced in medical institutions and our ability to reclaim them through photography. We recognize that illness is part of life, but not a complete identity, and we examine some of the life changes that come with experiencing illness or disability.

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Topics covered in this conversation include:

chronic illness, disability, hospitals, doctors, fashion, appropriation, relationships

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More About Karolyn Gehrig

Karolyn Gehrig is a queer disabled artist and writer currently living in Los Angeles.

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