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Pansexuality

Pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is sexual attraction, sexual desire, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward persons of all gender identities and biological sexes. Self-identified pansexuals may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others. The Oxford English Dictionary defines pansexuality as, “not limited or inhibited in sexual choice with regards to gender or activity.”

Paul + Bob

Paul P. Adams + Robert Rourke

Bob Rourke and Paul Adams were one of over 18,000 couples to legally marry in California prior to the passing of Proposition 8.  They were married at San Francisco’s City Hall on July 28, 2008.  And yes, they wore shorts (as shown)!

The couple, who reside in Alexandria, Virginia, recently celebrated their 4th anniversary.  Like many couples, they chose to keep their last names.

Congratulations!

 

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Remembering Gayle

[Gayle DeLuca. Photo credit: Kellie Gillespie]

By Drago Renteria

I first met Gayle when I was working at the Deaf Gay and Lesbian Center back in the early 90’s. She’d come to an event we’d sponsored, complete in full leather attire. When the event was over, she offered to stay and help me clean up. While we cleaned, I learned she was looking for a new place to live and I mentioned that I’d seen a vacancy sign just a block down from my apartment on Market Street in the Castro.

Deaf Lesbian Festival Committee 2012

Photo Gallery: Deaf Lesbian Festival 2012

The 7th biennial Deaf Lesbian Festival took place July 18 – 21, 2012 in Chicago, IL. Sixty-nine Deaf Lesbians attended the event which included workshops, entertainment, activities, a Dyke Ball, sightseeing and socializing.

Missed the event? Check out this DLF 2012 Photo Gallery by Patricia Trowbridge, aka PLT.

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An Interview with Azora Telford

Azora Telford is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult), an ASL Interpreter and an amazing artist. Her recent work,  “Somebody I Used to Know”, is currently being spotlighted on Planet DeafQueer. Azora took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with us. This interview was conducted by Drago via Google Chat.

Deaf Lesbian Festival 2014 Committee

Deaf Lesbian Festival 2014 Committee

The next Deaf Lesbian Festival will take place from June 4-8, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona.  The 2014 DLF Committee is already hard at work organizing the event.  Committee members are (as pictured) Erica Calders, Carol Newman, Kathleen Ferguson, Delynn Saunders, Donna Neri, and Suzi Scaletta. Not shown, but also part of the committee, Jennifer Simpson and Sharon Levine.  

Support Jade’s Latest Film

African-American Deaf Lesbian filmmaker Jade Bryan is seeking your support for her latest work, The Double Life of Zhane Rain. The film (which has yet to be produced) is about a young high school girl who suffers from a brain injury.

Jade is seeking $100,000 in funds to produce the film. Head over to Indiegogo to make a donation.

Juan + Tim

Juan Bernal + Tim Mahoney

Juan Bernal and Tim Mahoney were married on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Chicago IL after being together for 11 years. Along with Juan’s three Deaf children, over 125 friends, family and co-workers attended the ceremony.

“The state of Illinois recently announced the passage of civil union marriage,” said Juan. ” The time was right to go ahead and make the relationship legal.”

Congratulations!

SEXXXHIBITION – Washington, DC – 09/07/2012

SEXXHIBITION
The Private Edition

Don’t miss it!

It’s Time

It’s time to end marriage discrimination. This beautiful marriage equality ad was produced by Get Up! Action for Australia.

Check out Cesar Ayala’s Deaf Queer version of it (with a twist!).

Austin Unbound Documentary

From the age of three, Austin knew that his female anatomy did not fit him. In middle school, he changed his name and began to dress as a boy. His family thought it was a phase, but he persisted. Now he will get surgery so he can breathe freely and finally, swim in public. Austin Unbound is a documentary about a man who is deaf and trans. 

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DeafQueers & Allies Against H8

Check out the DeafQueers & Allies Against H8 photo gallery!  If you participated in a NoH8 photo shoot, send us your photo and we’ll include it.  Non-official campaign photos (photos you took yourself) are welcome.  Email them to us at planetdeafqueer@gmail.com.

Want to participate in an official NoH8 photo shoot? Head over to the NoH8 Campaign website for information on upcoming photo shoot locations.

 

 

Steve + Jerry

Jerry Guiffra + Steve Lovi

Steve Lovi and Jerry Guiffra were married on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at Artistanworks in Rochester, NY.  The wedding took place on their 10th anniversary weekend.

One of the quotes used for their wedding vows was, “To love fully, live simply and laugh often.” 

Jac + Denise

Jac Cook + Denise Madland

Jac Cook and Denise Madland tied the knot on August 17, 2012, at Newcastle Wedding Gardens – Red Horse Barn in Newcastle, CA.

“It was an amazing day!” said Jac. “Having friends and family witness and bless our union made it so powerful.  We feel this marriage is on an even deeper level now. We are so lucky to have found each other and to be sealed for life!” 

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Chicago Lesbian on World-Champion Deaf Soccer Team

In the news… Deaf Lesbian Katie Romano makes headlines. Read the article over at the Windy City Times.

 

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2012 International Deaf Leatherboy

Congratulations to boy richard who won the Mr. International Deaf Leatherboy 2012 title in Baltimore, Maryland, in July. 

Terry Morrell, IDL President

Economy to Blame for Lack of IDL Contestants

International Deaf Leather (IDL) held its 2012 event in Baltimore, Maryland, during the weekend of July 12-15.  The event included workshops, parties and, of course, IDL’s annual titleholder contest.  

Bisexuals: Part of Our Community

Bisexuals: Part of Our Community

By A. Elizabeth

The Queer nation is much like the Deaf community, and is made up of all races, cultures, backgrounds, religions, economic status and kinds of people coming together to create it. One of our symbols is a “Rainbow Flag” that stands not only to symbolize our strength and free expression, but also our rich diversity. But in reality, are we really accepting and diverse? 

A Love Letter

Don’t you wish you had a boyfriend like this?

"Bisexuals experience high rates of being ignored, discriminated against, demonized, or rendered invisible by both the heterosexual world and the lesbian and gay communities. Often, the entire sexual orientation is branded as invalid, immoral, or irrelevant. Despite years of activism and the largest population within the LGBT community, the needs of bisexuals still go unaddressed and their very existence is still called into question. This erasure has serious consequences on bisexuals’ health, economic well-being, and funding for bi organizations and programs."
—Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations (report)
Thank You for Sign Dancing - NOT!

Thank You for Sign Dancing – NOT!

By John McBride

I’m an interpreter who works on-stage at queer events. Once, after a concert, a hearing dyke came up to me. She said, “Thank you for sign dancing! I don’t know sign, but it’s so pretty – it’s dancing!”

Sign dancing???? She meant well. But like many hearing queers, she had a funny ideas about signed music and interpreters. So here are some thoughts for CTN Magazine’s hearing readers. First, the sad tale of a love gone wrong:

Once upon a time, I had two lovers. One lover was ASL. My other lover was Music. 

International Deaf Leather

International Deaf Leather

International Deaf Leather (IDL) is an organization dedicated to bringing together the Deaf Leather / SM / Fetish community for the purpose of networking, socialization, education and bridging the gaps with the hearing leather community. 

Deaf Trans Folks and Allies at the SF Trans March

Deaf Trans Folks and Allies at the SF Trans March

Deaf and hearing trans folks and their allies gathered together at Dolores Park in San Francisco on June 24, 2012, for the annual San Francisco Trans March.  “Trans Generations: Define Your Moment” was this year’s team.

Tonya + Sally

Sally Garza + Tonya Nourse

Happy one year anniversary to Sally and Tonya Nourse-Garza who tied the knot a year ago on June 18th, 2011, at the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

“We just want to thank our wonderful families and friends for their support and compliments,” Sally told us. “We are very much in love being happy married. We went back to Santa Cruz where we got married for our 1st anniversary together and had a fabulous time. Our three sons, Jacob, Jared are going to be seniors this year, and Noah is going to be in 6th grade. They are doing well and excited to go back to school to see their friends. We are looking forward to spending quality time with our family for the rest of our lives.”