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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. 

Dare 2 Utter

Washington, DC: “Dare to Utter”

Want to make a difference? Want to learn how we can STOP domestic violence and sexual violence? Do you want to become an ally? Do you want to see what can we do to change and end this ugly vicious cycle of sexual/domestic violence?

Presents: DARE 2 UTTER! Come and listen to MONOLOGUES shared by college students about their experience with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

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.

AIDS Quilt Panel

Blast from the Past: 1996 AIDS Quilt Memorial

[Photo of Drago Renteria comforting Hope Manley in front of her Dad’s quilt panel at the 1996 AIDS Quilt Memorial.]

October 1996, Washington, D.C.: The AIDS Memorial Quilt covered the entire National Mall. This would be the last year the Quilt was dispayed in its entirety. It was also the first time that a display of the Quilt had been visited by an American president. – Quilt History

Deaf AIDS Awareness

Names of Deaf Lost to AIDS

World AIDS Day is always an emotional day for us. We have lost so many amazing people in our community to AIDS. We often wonder what our community would be like if they were still with us.

Each year on this day, we update the Names of Deaf Lost to AIDS website. Adding new names to this list is always heart wrenching.

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.

“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.

First Person: Why I Oppose Minnesota’s Marriage Amendment

By Susan Masters

On Nov. 6, 2012, Minnesotans will vote on whether to change our state’s constitution to limit marriage to one man/one woman. As a Christian and Lutheran pastor, I strongly oppose this effort. This video is in ASL and offered for Minnesota’s deaf community to consider.

 

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.

Marriage Equality Matters

Get the Facts! Because, Marriage Matters…

Marriage Equality USA: Marriage equality is an issue that often sparks intense emotions, both in those who are working for equality, and in those who oppose it. The institution of marriage is also surrounded by a great deal of assumption and mythology. It behooves us all to Get the Facts before discussing marriage equality. We hope that reading through Get the Facts will prove useful and answer your questions. Learn more

You Are…

You are incredible, adorable, lovable, wonderful, powerful, perfectly beautiful just the way you are!

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]

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

L’Shana Tova!

For our Deaf Jewish Queers and allies who celebrate Rosh HaShanah, wishing you a Chag Sameach.

Did you know?  According to Wikipedia, LGBT rights in Israel are considered the most progressive in the Middle East and Asia.  LGBT people are allowed to serve openly in the military and while Israel does not allow same-sex marriages to be performed in the country, it does recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.  Learn more about some of the rights and current struggles of our Queer Israeli brothers and sisters.

 

It Gets Better – In ASL

Kudos to Adam Stone who has been keeping a list of It Gets Better videos in American Sign Language.  The It Gets Better Project also keeps a list, though not as complete. We’ll be featuring some of these videos on Planet DeafQueer. If you’d like us to feature yours, email us at planetdeafqueer@gmail.com.

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!

 

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.

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Did you know?

  • Data from The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that 1 million people die every year of suicide worldwide
  • There is one death by suicide every 40 seconds
  • There are more people lost to suicide than to homicide and war combined
  • Suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death worldwide among 15-19 year olds
  • More than 100,000 adolescents die by suicide each year worldwide 

Deaf / Hearing Couples Conference Proposed

Juan Bernal from Chicago, IL wants to know what you think of the idea of having a deaf/hearing couples conference in the near future.

Every 9 1/2 Minutes Someone in the US is Infected with HIV

Every 9 1/2 Minutes

Every 9 1/2 minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.

The first cases of what would later become known as AIDS were reported in the United States in June of 1981. Since then, 1.7 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have been infected with HIV.

CDC estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S. One in five (20%) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection. 

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!

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!).

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 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!” 

A Love Letter

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

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.”