Coming out as disabled

Umber Ghauri discusses what it means to be disabled for Disability History Month


IMAGE: Umber Ghauri


Umber Ghauri, who identifies as queer, is a professional makeup artist, who mainly works with people of colour and the LGBTQ community. In a new video campaign Umber discusses her battles with endometriosis and what it means to be disabled, and how many may not identify with the label as it doesn't match up with what they believe a disability to be.


With an interest in gender, sexuality, race and image, Umber also explores how labels come together to form our identity, and how we choose labels for ourselves.



To coincide with Disability History Month, mobility bathroom specialists, Bathing Solutions, have released three videos aiming to open up a discourse around the word disabled. Umber, comedian Laurence Clark and musician John Kelly have taken part in the campaign to tell their stories and discuss their relationship with the disabled label and the stigma surrounding it.  ​


CEO of Bathing Solutions Lawrence Warriner states: “We consider ourselves advocates for people with disabilities and supporting them has always been at the core of our brand. Through these three stories we hope to connect to people by demonstrating there are others out there battling the same issues with labels and identities.” 


Disability History Month runs from 22 November - 22 December, for more click here. To watch Bathing Solutions other Identity shorts visit



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