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Seattle, WA: Transverse

TRANSVERSE

Ryder presents a state show accompanied by a silent auction, and an after party to wrap up the fun evening. Come see a glimpse of the lives of various trans* folks, both hearing and deaf, on the stage.

Proceeds will go towards Ryder’s top surgery.

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013
7 PM

Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

FREE! Suggestion dontation $25

Wine/beer and non-alcoholic drinks & food provided!

Deaf-blind interpreters provided upon request. Send requests no later than May 17 to nytervder77@gmail.com.

ASL perforance with voice interpretation for ASL impaired.

SCENT-FREE ZONE. NO PERFUMES/COLOGNES & STRONG DETERGENTS ALLOWED.

MATURE AUDIENCE 18+ ONLY.

 

The Trans 100 List

Our very own Drago Renteria is on the inaugural Trans 100 List!

This groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind, list is an “overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by, and for the transgender community across the United States”.  It features pioneers, key leaders and movement-builders in the transgender community.

“The value of the work that is represented by the 100 people on this list is immeasurable,” said Executive Director of This Is H.O.W., Antonia D’orsay, about the Trans 100. “These people demonstrate the diversity, the determination, and the incredible triumph of spirit that informs all trans people, no matter where they are. This is just a glimpse of what trans people can accomplish.”

Download the Trans 100 List (PDF version)

Read more: 100 Amazing Trans Americans You Should Know

 

Trans 100

Providence, RI: “The T in LGBT” at Brown University

“The T in LGBT: A Journey from Female to Male”

Presented by Drago Renteria & Jennifer Mantle

Date: April 10, 2013

International Transgender Day of Visibility

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS.

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility.

United We Dream Demands Apology from HRC

Yesterday QUIP leader, Jerssay Arredondo, was asked by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to speak in front of thousands of people in front of the Supreme Court to repeal DOMA. Just before getting on stage he was told to not say he was Undocumented! —United We Dream

The YouTube auto transcription feature doesn’t do a good job of translating this video. We’ve provided a transcript below.

My Dream

“I have a dream that when I have my own children one day, I will be able to tell them that things used to be different back then; that not everyone could get married and they would try hard to fathom the idea of denying marriage to anyone, yet never truly understand the sad injustice we had.”  – Justin Jackerson, a 25-year-old Deaf Gay man living in Los Angeles, CA

Photo credit: Dylan Sue

 

 

 

Think…

Text: IF YOU HAVE food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep YOU ARE RICHER THAN 75% OF THE WORLD.

IF YOU HAVE money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change YOU ARE AMONG THE TOP 8% OF THE WORLD’S WEALTHY.

IF YOU WOKE UP THIS MORNING WITH MORE HEALTH THAN ILLNESS YOU ARE MORE BLESSED THAN THE MILLION PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT SURVIVE THIS WEEK.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation YOU ARE LUCKIER THAN 500 MILLLION PEOPLE ALIVE AND SUFFERING.

IF YOU CAN READ THIS MESSAGE YOU ARE MORE FORTUNATE THAN 3 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO CANNOT READ IT AT ALL.

–Activists Against Hunger

International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day.  Learn more

Also check out: Celebrating 100 Years of International Women’s Day

Graphic credit: AECOM

Rochester, NY: “The T in LGBT: A Journey from Female to Male”

If you’re in Rochester, New York, don’t miss this presentation!

Safe Zone: Ally Training
“The T in LGBT: A Personal Journey from Female to Male”

An Interview with Mae Sellers

Check out this interview in the Washington Blade with artist Mae Sellers.

trans*

Flyer text:

TRANS*  I recently adopted the term “trans*” (with the asterisk) in my writing. I think you should, too. If it’s new to you, let me help clarify. Trans* is one word for a variety of identities that are incredibly diverse, but share one simple, common denominator: a trans* person is not your traditional cisgender wo/man.  Beyond that, there is a lot of variation.

LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance

The intersection of inequitable laws, social stigma, and race-based discrimination collide in ways that create significant challenges for LGBT families of color. Children of color are more likely to be raised by de facto parents like grandparents, aunts, and other relatives, and are more likely to be raised by LGBT parents. Fact SheetAs a result, antiquated laws that only protect children with legal ties to their parents have a disproportionately negative impact on children being raised in LGBT families of color.

LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance examines these families and the ways children living in LGBT families of color face disproportionate economic struggles, unequal access to health care, and dual burdens of social stigma and discrimination. It also provides a set of key recommendations for addressing these harms and inequities.

The brief, which is based on content from All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families, was produced in partnership with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), Unid@s, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), and Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality (FIRE), an initiative of the Center for American Progress. Both reports were co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Family Equality Council and the Center for American Progress.

Download the Fact Sheet

Source: Movement Advancement Project | Photo: Gil Foundation

 

Tips for Organizations

Alison Aubrecht of the Facundo Element offers some great tips and things to be mindful of for those who lead and participate in organizations. In ASL with subtitles.

Angela Davis: “The Indivisibility of Justice”

Internationally renowned author, educator and social justice activist, Dr. Angela Davis, spoke to a standing room only crowd at Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013.

Read article

First Person: I Am a Racist, Bigoted, Audist, Homophobe: Or “Why I Believe a Unified Dialogue Can Heal Our Community”

An Open Letter to the Gallaudet University Community

By Adam Bartley

The title of this writing may seem at odds with the Adam that many of you may know, but it is true. All this will be made clear in due course as I proceed with my thoughts on the need for Unified Dialogue to address LGBTQA students, faculty and staff concerns on campus. Let me first be clear at the outset on what I mean by Unified Dialogue.

Gender Grammar

Gender Grammer

Problem: “transgendered” (adjective)
Correction: transgender
Reason: Only adjectives that are derived from nouns and/or verbs (unlike transgender) end in “ed”.

Dawn Ramos + Laurie Ovesen

Dawn Ramos (Deaf) and Laurie Ovesen (Hearing) met in Sacramento, California 14 years ago.  Dawn was Laurie’s ASL teacher and they began dating after the semester ended.  They fell in love and in 1998, the lovebirds tied the knot in Loomis, California. Dawn took on Laurie’s last name and they began a family together a few months after their wedding.  The couple have two children, Jack, age 13, and Meg, age 10, and run a canine boarding and daycare business in Maple Valley, Washington. 

John Meletse – DEAF PROUD HIV+ GAY

John Meletse is Deaf gay black man from South Africa.  He was the first black Deaf South African to publicly come out as gay. A year later he was the first Deaf South African to disclose his HIV status. He shares his story in this video.  Video courtesy Open Society Foundations.

Jada Pinkett-Smith with Willow

Right on, Jada!

[Photo: Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith with daughter, Willow.]

Jada Pinkett-Smith is aware of the critics that stick up their noses at the way she raises her daughter, Willow. Willow cuts, dyes and styles her hair as she pleases, a fact that bothers many who feel girls shouldn’t have that much control over their appearance at such a young age.

Jada decided to address the criticism in a Facebook post:

265 Transgender People Killed in 2012

265 Transgender People Killed in 2012

Text: 265 people were killed in the last 12 months simply for being themselves.  This must STOP! Wipe Out Transphobia.

 

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012

We wanted to share this powerful video with you on Transgender Day of Remembrance.  It’s not captioned, unfortunately.  We are, however, providing a transcript of Masen Davis speaking below. The rest of it is music.

Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week 2012

November 12–19, 2012 is Transgender Awareness Week in Massachusetts.  Share these infographics to help educate others on health disparities that affect the trans* community. Learn More

Stephanie Johnson aka Butta

An Interview with Stephanie Johnson

Check out the interview with Stephanie Johnson aka Butta over at Tagg Magazine.  Photo by Thunderography.

ORAD Workshop

Deaf Queer & Trans Womyn in Healthy Relationships

DEAF QUEER & TRANS WOMEN & HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Sharing and discussing what a healthy relationship looks like in woman and queer and trans-identified relationships.

Deaf Parents Support Their Daughter’s Right to Marry

Blast from the Past

On October 29, 2008, Samuel and Patricia Yates’ daughter, Noreen, legally married her same-sex partner, Lisa Marie in San Francisco. This is how they felt about it.

I Support My Sister’s Right to Love

Blast from the Past

Maureen Yates Burns shares her thoughts on her sister’s same-sex marriage. This was shot shortly after her sister, Noreen, married her partner Lisa Marie on October 29, 2008.

“Yes to Love” – A Mini Documentary

Blast from the Past

October 2008

Deaf Lesbian couple Lisa Marie Wilson and Noreen Yates legally marry in this mini-documentary that was shot on October 29, 2008 in San Francisco. The couple feared their marriage would be declared invalid if Proposition 8 passed in California on November 4th, 2008.

Google Supports Marriage Equality

This November, there are 4 states with marriage referendums on the ballot. Google employees show their support for marriage equality and urge you to add your voice, too. Closed Captioned.

Nelson Mandela

“Love comes more naturally…”

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion.  People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  – Nelson Mandela

What is "intersex"?

What is “intersex”?

“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.

Intersex Society of North America

The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

We have learned from listening to individuals and families dealing with intersex that:

Spirit Day 2012 - Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Youth

Spirit Day

What is Spirit Day?

Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 19th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more.

First Person: A Page from Drago's Journal

First Person: A Page from Drago’s Journal

October 15, 2012

Magnus placed his paw on my arm, pushed down firmly and gave me “the look”. This is his way of communicating to me that he needs to go out.  It was time for our nightly walk and he had business to take care of, and like, right now.

Being the devoted doggy dad that I am, I obliged.

Better Together: LGBT & Racial Justice

Better Together report and case studies highlight racial justice groups currently engaging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) constituencies and equity issues, and identify key barriers and opportunities to greater engagement. Together, they provide recommendations and models for organizations and funders to build upon the groundbreaking LGBT and racial justice collaborations and intersectional strategies that already exist, but don’t get the attention they deserve.”

Download the two free reports from the Applied Research Center.

Coming Out…

An awesome video from Lauren Hostovsky and Marisa Mills.

San Francisco Pride 2012

Photos: San Francisco Pride 2012

Check out these photos of DeafQueers and our Allies at San Francisco Pride taken in June 2012.  Be sure to Like our Facebook page while you’re there.

If you’d like to share photos of pride events in your area, contact us at planetdeafqueer@gmail.com.

Rainbow Society of Gallaudet University

The Rainbow Society is a LGBTQ & Allies organization at Gallaudet University. The organization offers coming out support, seeks to empower its members, and hosts numerous educational and social events.

Rainbow Society of Gallaudet University’s current officers are:

President: Johanna Martin
Vice President: Kala Granger
Secretary: Jessica Miller
Treasurer: Juan “Ricky” Villalobos
Public Relations: MaryAnn Peterson & John Weggenmann
Event Coordinator: Ashley Pappineau
Senator: Dan Mabashov
Alt-Senator: Justin Christian

HIV/AIDS - Get Tested!

Deaf Gay / Bisexual Men: Do You Know Your HIV Status?

Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  According to a survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in five sexually active Gay and Bisexual men living in the U.S. are infected with HIV and half of them don’t know it.

The number of new HIV infections is increasing each year among men who have sex with men.  The CDC recommends routine HIV tests for everyone. For Gay and Bisexual men, CDC recommends being tested for HIV at least once per year and for those who have anonymous or multiple male sex partners, every three to six months.

Take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Know your HIV status and get tested regularly.

[Image credit: GMHC]

Vote NO on Minnesota Marriage Amendment

Check out this awesome vlog from Barry Segal urging Minnesota voters to vote NO on the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment. Learn more about this Amendment.

Services for Queer Elders

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 21 local SAGE affiliates in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

It Gets Better in ASL: Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority

This video was produced by the Collegiate Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority Sisters at Gallaudet University.

Masa Nakama

Nakama to Speak at UVM

Deaf Awareness Week is taking place at the University of Vermont this week and our community’s very own Masa Nakama is the event’s keynote speaker. Yay!

Masa’s keynote  is titled, “Deaf Queers”, and he will be speaking this evening at the Davis Center on campus in the Silver Maple Ballroom. The event is free and will be voice interpreted.

More Information

Bisexual Resources

Bisexual Resource List

The BRC is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities. Based out of Boston, BRC offers a wide range of services and information, making it one of the best bisexual organizations around.  
Bisexual Pride

Bisexual Awareness Day

September 23rd is Bisexual Awareness Day.  Be proud of who you are!

Common Myths about Bisexuals
Famous Bisexuals in History
> I Think I Might be Bisexual – A PDF Brochure for Young People
> A Guide to Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Etiquette

 

Our Stories: Ace Gilliam

This captioned video, featuring Deaf Gay Ace Gilliam, is part of the “I’m from Driftwood” series of stories by LGBTQ people.

After watching the video, we tracked down Ace for a mini-interview. He’s now 21 and still calls Las Vegas home.

Planet DeafQueer: Tell us a little bit about how you came to participate in this video project. 

HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness

HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness

Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of the people living with HIV infection in the U.S. today will be 50 years of age or older by 2015.

Learn more:

Aging with HIV/AIDS
Fact Sheet
HIV/AIDS and Older People

Queer Marriage Legal in Mexico

Today is Mexican Independence Day.  ¡Viva La Raza! Did you know that LGBT marriage is legal in Mexico?  In August 2010, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that all 31 Mexican states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in its capital, Mexico City.  And as of May of this year, marriages performed in Quintana Roo are also recognized.  Learn more about LGBT rights and struggles in Mexico.