For the first time in history, Dancing with the Stars had a gay winner who is also deaf. Nyle DiMarco won the contest alongside his dance partner Peta Murgatroyd performing ‘the best dance I have ever seen … in 22 seasons,’ as Judge Carrie Ann Inaba revealed.
Carrie Ann described how DiMarco brought magic elements to his performance.
‘What was so profound about it is not only do I see a man who wants to prove that he can dance … but I also see a man that is proving he can change the world through dance.’
The talented dancer posted about his interpretation of Disturbed’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence.”
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I CANT BELIEVE IT! WE WON! WE WON THE MIRROR BALL!!! This is for 70 million Deaf people in the world! Thank you all for your CONTINUING SUPPORT. @petamurgatroyd YOU ARE AMAZING. Thank you for embracing this journey with me. Thank you for pushing me and believing in me. I love you!
“My interpretation of the song is that for hundreds of years my Deaf community has suffered oppression, marginalization, and language deprivation … but now we’re starting to find hope in this new world,” he wrote on Facebook. “It is time for our soundless message to be heard, hence the Sound of Silence… It is our time.”
DiMarco’s reaction after winning was encouraging for the deaf community: ‘I really wanted to connect with the audience and teach them what it really means to be deaf.’
Nyle DiMarco is a true inspiration not only for the LGBT community, but also for every one of us.
Take a look at the video to see DiMarco being crowned as DWS winner.