After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five due to a genetic disease, Spencer West tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate a world set against those with disabilities. Spencer is a successful global keynote speaker, content creator, and activist. He is known for summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, opening for Demi Lovato’s 2014 World Tour, starring in the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and author of the best selling book Standing Tall: My Journey.
Oftentimes, society tries to put us in a box. For me, it was, ‘See yourself as non-disabled'. Don’t be gay, and money plus stuff equals happiness. Everything changed for me when I leaned into my disability, came out as gay and started finding happiness in my own way.4 September 2021