If a person sees a little person, he knows he’s capable of everything, he’s just funny in height.”Funes, who’s 4”3’, pointed out that in the 1800s, practically the only shot a little person had at employment was being the object of ridicule in a circus or some similar showcase. He is handsome and his frequent shirtlessness reveals a ripped physique. He’s currently studying to be an accountant, and in the meantime has strict boundaries between which entertainment gigs he will and won’t take.“There are jobs that are so demeaning: dwarf tossing, midget bowling,” he said. As an entertainer, you should be able to express yourself.
When you’re doing midget bowling, you’re only there for one purpose: Be the ball.”Funes, 25, lives in Astoria with his parents, as he has his whole life. They realized he had dwarfism as soon as he was born.
His parents grew up in Argentina and moved to the U. Giving birth to the only known member of their family with dwarfism was initially “devastating” to his parents and used by his father’s family in rural Argentina as fodder for conflict (his mother’s and father’s families have a longstanding rivalry in their hometown of Mendoza).
These are rough, rough estimates, but they do indicate just how small a minority gay little people inhabit.
Earlier this year, I met with two of them to discuss their lives: dating, sex, prejudice, aspirations.
David Funes, 25, and Joey Navedo, 30, are both entertainers living in New York, and they both have the most common type of dwarfism, achondroplasia. Their experiences often converge, but not always given their personality types (Funes is more soft spoken and modest; Navedo is extroverted and outrageous).
Both were incredibly frank with me about the experience of being gay and little in New York and provided among the most fascinating conversations that I’ve had all year.
We hear about Anthony’s night out, learn about a stripper midget and then play a little game...