All posts in News & Politics

65 Posts

Day of Decision Gatherings

The day is nearly here! On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, we’ll learn the fate of the Prop 8 and DOMA cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rulings on these cases are expected to be announced at 7 AM (or shortly thereafter) tomorrow.

“Day of Decision” gatherings are currently being organized across the country to either celebrate or mourn the Court’s decisions. We’re hoping it’s all good news.

Boston Pride logo

Deaf Queers to Protest Lack of Accessibility at Boston Pride

A group of Deaf Queers and allies plan to protest the lack of ASL accessibility at Boston Pride today at 3 PM in front of the main stage.

“The time for action is now,” said Ayisha Knight-Shaw, a Deaf Lesbian who is organizing the protest. “[This protest is] in response to the blatant lack of preparation from the Boston Pride Committee to provide ASL interpreters.” 

Planet DeafQueer Tip: “View All”

We love the “View All” design look of our website. This design prominently displays thumbnail images of all recent posts. Unfortunately, all these images (which now exceed over 175!) together can sometimes load slowly in web browsers and mobile devices, and that’s no fun. As a result, we’re experimenting with some new, faster design options.

You can still “View All” (and all the latest posts at once) by simply clicking on the link by the same name on the left menu bar. If you haven’t visited Planet DeafQueer in a while, it’s a good way to quickly get caught up on what you’ve missed.

 

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

Gallaudet LGBTQA Resource Center Coordinator Position Accepting Applications

Coordinator, LGBTQA

Department: Keeping the Promise
Job Number: HR-13018
Date Posted: 4/5/2013
Salary Range: $42,500 to $76,400
Status: Accepting applications

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.

Hillary Clinton in Support of Marriage Equality

Video has English captions option.

Text for Blind/DeafBlind Visitors:

Gallaudet

Chief Diversity Officer to meet with Faculty Senate

Announcement in Gallaudet’s Daily Digest:

Date and Time:
11 March 2013
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Gallaudet University

McCaskill Addresses Gallaudet Campus Community

[Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Angela McCaskill issued the following statement shortly after attending a Deaf LGBT event on campus.]

March 1, 2013

Dear Campus Community,

McCaskill Attends Deaf LGBT Event

“Awkward” and “uncomfortable” were what most people reported feeling upon seeing Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, at the Deaf LGBT “The Unveiling: Community Needs Assessment Celebration” event that took place this evening at Gallaudet’s Ole Jim. This is the first Deaf LGBT-related community event McCaskill has reportedly attended since her reinstatement in January.

Hurwitz Mentions LGBT Community in State of the University Address

On February 19, 2013, Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz delivered a State of the University address to the Gallaudet community.  In his address titled, “Open the Gates Wide: Diversity and Inclusion at Gallaudet”, Hurwitz became the first sitting Gallaudet president to mention the LGBT community in a State of the University address.  Here’s what he had to say about our community:

First Person: Deaf Presence at the Creating Change Conference

By Connor Gillis

On January 23-27, Atlanta hosted the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. Creating Change is the largest gathering of leaders in the LGBT social justice movement. More than 3,000 people come from all around the country to attend this conference.

Gallaudet University

Cancelled: Community Dialogue with Chief Diversity Officer

The community dialogue that was scheduled to take place this evening at Gallaudet with Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, has been cancelled. McCaskill is reportedly out sick.  A new date has not yet been announced.

 

 

Gallaudet University

Community Dialogue with Chief Diversity Officer To Take Place

A date for a community dialogue between Gallaudet LGBTQ students and current Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, who was reinstated in her position earlier this month, has finally been set. The dialogue will take place on the evening of February 5th on the Gallaudet campus. Consultants from the Washington Consulting Group have been hired to facilitate the discussion. If you are part of the Gallaudet LGBTQ community and would like to attend, please contact the Gallaudet LGBTQA Resource Center located in HMB N113 for the exact meeting time and location.

*** Update: This event has been cancelled. ***

UndocuQueers: Undocumented and Unafraid, Queer and Unashamed

I AM UNDOCUQUEER

Undocumented and unafraid

Queer and unashamed

“Because rising from injustice will only be realized when we can all proudly shout from the depths of our illuminated souls. Because the fire in our hearts burns stronger through love and self-worth. May we illuminate all shadows in the closet.” –Carlos

McCaskill: “I’ll Pray for Them”

According to a news article published today by NewsChannel 8 of Washington, D.C., Dr. Angela McCaskill is happy to be back at Gallaudet University serving in her role as Chief Diversity Officer.  After a three-month paid administrative leave, McCaskill says she felt welcomed back and does not feel nervous about her return.  The article fails to mention that the majority of the faculty, staff and students are away on winter break and are not expected to return to campus until January 22. 

Gallaudet

Gallaudet Reinstates McCaskill as Chief Diversity Officer

We are extremely disappointed to learn that Dr. Angela McCaskill, who signed an anti-gay petition to bring marriage equality up for vote in Maryland, has been reinstated in her position at Gallaudet as Chief Diversity Officer.

The following was emailed to the Gallaudet campus community this morning on behalf of President T. Alan Hurwitz. Note that students and faculty are conveniently on winter break.  If anyone has further information about this situation that they would like to share (on or off record), please contact us at planetdeafqueer@gmail.com.

Gallaudet Take Note: University Within Its Right to Fire Anti-Gay Administrator

As of this writing, the Chief Diversity Officer controversy at Gallaudet University remains unresolved. Will Dr. Angela McCaskill be terminated for signing a petition that was anti-gay in nature? Will she be reinstated or reassigned? Will the University settle the issue by granting the monetary settlement McCaskill seeks? At this time we can only speculate that negotiations between McCaskill’s attorney and Gallaudet continue to take place or have come to a standstill.

Deaf Equality - Love Unites

Supreme Court to Hear DOMA/Prop 8 Cases

Yay! We’ve been waiting for this…

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it will hear DOMA and Proposition 8 cases. According to news reports, we should know their decisions on these cases by June.

The Supreme Court will furthermore have the opportunity to address, should they chose to, whether the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry *nationwide*, putting this issue to rest once and for all.

We’re two steps closer to LGBT equality.

 

Fairness & Equality Won

FAIRNESS & EQUALITY have won out over FEAR & PREJUDICE.

For the first time, VOTERS have drawn a line in the sand and said to the nation: ALL AMERICANS should have the FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOM to marry the person they love.

Election Results: Marriage Equality Wins!

From the American Foundation for Equal Rights: This election brought us an amazing victory. It’s the best outcome we could possibly have hoped for. Until now, our opponents have kept pointing out that they’ve won every popular vote on marriage. But not anymore. With sixteen national surveys showing a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry, their winning streak is at an end. Captioned video.

41 More States to Go!

As of November 7, 2012, nine states plus the District of Columbia have passed marriage equality laws:

1. Massachusetts – May 17, 2004

2. Connecticut – November 12, 2008

"It is about love. Love for all people. Love for humanity. Love for justice and equality for all. Love for basic human rights. Love for civil rights for all people. Thank you Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington and, of course, thank you America for re-electing Obama."
--MJ Bienvenu

Victory in All Four States!

Victory in all four states! Love triumphed bigotry. Thank you allies, those who made monetary contributions and worked tirelessly on the state campaigns, those who spent time educating and informing others why marriage equality and LGBT civil rights matter and of course, those of you who voted yesterday.  We’re four steps closer to marriage equality for all Americans.

Obama Wins!

Obama Wins!

What an incredible day!  Not only has President Obama been re-elected, but we won in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington!

The following is from President Obama’s acceptance speech:

“I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”

Read the full speech here.

 

 

Spain Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

Breaking News: Spain’s Constitutional Court upholds marriage equality law originally passed seven years ago.  Read more

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.

Californians: Vote NO on Prop 35

Californians: Vote NO on Prop 35

“Black Women for Wellness fully understands the devastating impact that human trafficking has on our families and our communities. However proposition 35 is not the answer. This measure seeks to increase sentences for human traffickers and sex offenders, however because of the broad definitions of this law, many young black and brown women and men are at risk for unnecessarily being targeted. How? Because of the loose definitions of trafficking, under this proposition, an 18 year old who take his/her partner out for dinner and a movie and then engages in sex could be seen as a trafficker. In addition, it could punish anyone who associates with minor sex workers, even if their only intent was to buy him/her food or give he/she a ride to the store. Yes the odds of this seem rare, but knowing many communities of color relationships with law enforcement, it’s not much of a reach to imagine a California in which this happen if prop 35 passes. Furthermore, this law punishes all people prosecuted as sex offenders to have their internet usage monitored for life. Yes this even includes the 18 year old we mentioned above. Black Women for Wellness wants to address trafficking, however not at the expensive of young people of color.

Debunking NOM’s Bigotry/Biology Ad

American Foundation for Equal Rights debunks the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) new video full of the usual crazy claims. Closed captioned.

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.

 

My Civil Rights are Not Up to Public Vote

My Civil Rights are Not Up to Public Vote

Blast from the Past: A protester holds up a sign protesting the passage of Proposition 8 in California. This photo was taken on November 15, 2009 during the National Protest Against Prop 8. Civil rights of a minority should never be voted on by the majority. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what will be happening in four states on November 6.  Be sure to get out and vote for equality and fairness.  Every vote counts!

 

Gallaudet’s SBG Updates Students on Chief Diversity Officer Situation

Gallaudet University’s Student Body Government shares the latest updates regarding to the Chief Diversity Officer situation.

Maryland Marriage Alliance Quietly Removes Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Featuring McCaskill

The anti-gay marriage organization, Maryland Marriage Alliance, has quietly removed the advertisement they posted on YouTube featuring Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill.  The ad, which was broadcast widely on television stations in Maryland, urged people to vote against Question 6.

We last reported that Gallaudet had been working with its attorney to get the ad removed citing that the images and video used in the ad were obtained without permission from Gallaudet’s website and are Gallaudet’s intellectual property and copyrighted.

Gallaudet Protests

Protests at Gallaudet

Check out these news articles and videos for a glimpse of the protests that took place at Gallaudet this afternoon:

Fox 5
WUSA 9
WJLA 7
Washington Post

Should Dr. McCaskill be given her job back? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

 


Statement from Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz

Statement from Gallaudet’s President

Statement from Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz:

Since placing Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer on paid administrative leave, Gallaudet University has been called upon by several external organizations to immediately reinstate Dr. Angela McCaskill in her position as Chief Diversity Officer. We recently became aware that several of those external organizations plan to hold demonstrations at Gallaudet University starting this week.

As much as I understand the views that some outside organizations have about the immediate return of our Chief Diversity Officer to campus, at the same time we need to move forward at a rate appropriate for our entire community.

Commenting Just Got Better…

Planet DeafQueer joins millions of websites in implementing Disqus as its main commenting system.  This new platform makes it easier to make comments on our website. If you’ve never used Disqus, go grab your unique login and begin using it at Planet DeafQueer. Be sure to add your photo to your profile after you’ve registered so it appears next to your comments.

Post a comment and tell us what you think.

 


What part of "unconstitutional" is unclear?

What part of “unconstitutional” is unclear?

What part of “unconstitutional” is unclear? Support marriage equality on November 6th!

Source: The Four 2012


 

Message from Gallaudet’s Provost

October 18, 2012

Greetings:This memorandum is for students, staff, and faculty in the Division of Academic Affairs.

Students

Given recent events, I want to assure you that all programs and services of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students (ODES) will continue uninterrupted. This includes Keeping the Promise: Black Students, Keeping the Promise: Latino Students, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the LGBTQA Resource Center. Mr. Edgar Palmer, executive director of ODES, will report to me until further notice.

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Featured in Anti-Gay Marriage Ad

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, is currently being featured in an anti-gay marriage ad being shown on local broadcast channels in Maryland. The ad, shown above, was created by the anti-gay marriage group Maryland Marriage Alliance.

Maryland Marriage Alliance obtained images and videos of Dr. McCaskill from Gallaudet University’s website. Gallaudet is working to get the ad removed citing materials are intellectual property and copyrighted. The images and videos were used without Gallaudet’s permission. 

Video: Dr. Angela McCaskill Press Conference

Video/Transcript: McCaskill Press Conference

Video: Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, speaks to reporters at a press conference she called on Tuesday.  Watch it over at the Baltimore Sun.

Transcript of Interpreter’s voice-over:

Gallaudet University

ODI Advisory Board Issues Statement

**Memorandum**

Date: October 16, 2012
From: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, a diverse group of volunteers representing undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty, administrators, community stakeholders, and diversity consultants. 

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Speaks

Is Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, opposed to marriage equality?  She’s not telling.  According to an interview conducted today with ABC7 news, her attorney, J. Wyndal Gorden, stated that McCaskill would not be expressing her personal view on the matter until she was at the voting booth.

“Signing that petition is a right that I have as a citizen of the state of Maryland. It simply means that I want to see this very sensitive issue put on the ballot as a referendum in the state of Maryland,” Dr. Angela McCaskill told Mike Conneen of ABC7 news.

Gallaudet President Issues Statement

Statement from President T. Alan Hurwitz regarding the Chief Diversity Officer:

Dear Campus Community,

I am sending this communication to indicate forcefully that Gallaudet University would like to work with its Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, to enable her to return to the community from her administrative leave.

As many know, Dr. McCaskill exercised her right to sign a petition concerning legislation on gay marriage. Because of her position at Gallaudet as our Chief Diversity Officer, many individuals at our university were understandably concerned and confused by her action. They wanted to know “does that action interfere with her ability to perform her job?”

Marriage News Watch (Captioned)

An anti-gay ad in Washington is re-using discredited misinformation from other states. We’ll have a side-by-side comparison. New polling shows us with a healthy lead in several states, but some of the numbers don’t quite add up. And new protections from the Obama administration could save LGBT couples from forced deportation. — American Foundation for Equal Rights

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

Marriage Is…

Four U.S. states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington) will be voting for or against marriage equality on November 6th.  Encourage everyone you know in these states to get out and vote for fairness.  Marriage is a human right, not a heterosexual privilege.