Eugene Grant

Activist and Writer

Eugene is an activist and writer. He spotlights the abuse faced by some people with dwarfism and highlights the harm of limited portrayals of dwarf people as ‘entertainers’ or ‘Others’. Eugene researches and writes about the representation, lives, and achievements of dwarf people – in fiction and film, throughout history, and in real life today.

Working in communications, Eugene eloquently challenges cultural assumptions about people with dwarfism. He contributed to the BBC4 documentary, Dwarfs in Art, and appeared on Good Morning Britain to explain how ‘dwarf wrestling’ negatively impacts other people with dwarfism.

Articulate, passionate and respectful, Eugene often collaborates with the Little People of America to bringing concerns from British and American dwarfism communities to the mainstream. Despite some resulting abuse, he remains a thoughtful, calm and assertive educator in broadcast media and on social media.

His social media presence provides a mix of education and campaigning – drawing attention to both harassment of and achievements by dwarf and disabled people – and uses his platform to promote leading voices in the dwarfism community.

A former Trustee of the grassroots charity, the Restricted Growth Association (RGA) UK, Eugene has mentored young dwarf people, run youth activities, and given talks on dwarfism history. He leads a project interviewing key figures from the dwarfism community. Eugene is a contributor to the BBC, the Guardian, the Independent, and the New Statesman. He is currently writing a children’s book, among other projects, about Benjamin Lay, a dwarf person who was one of the first white radical abolitionists.

“Dwarf and disabled bodies are beautiful. Anyone who tries to make you feel otherwise is simply desperate to use your difference to reassure themselves that they belong. Their insecurity cannot eclipse your inherent power and value.”