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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

Hillary Clinton in Support of Marriage Equality

Video has English captions option.

Text for Blind/DeafBlind Visitors:

An Interview with Mae Sellers

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

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.

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. 

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.

“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.

 

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.

First Person: What We Can Expect from Dr. McCaskill’s Press Conference

By M. Matton

Ever wish you had a crystal ball that could predict the future? I bought a crystal ball at a fair once when I was 10. This morning, I took it out of the attic; I wanted to see if it would give me a glimpse of what we can expect at today’s news conference.  It wasn’t much help but I do have some hunches.

Vote Yes to Question 6

Check out this blog post from long-time ally, Patti Durr.

[Photo courtesy Jan, Sharon, Candace, and Jehanne]

 

First Person: An Open Letter to Dr. Angela McCaskill

An Open Letter to Dr. Angela McCaskill, Chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet

Dr. McCaskill, Angela, as I am sitting down to finally carve the pumpkin I had hoped to donate to the Office of Diversity and you, I am moved to set down my thoughts to share with you.  I don’t yet know if I will send it to you, or if I will share it with the community. I only know I need to write these thoughts and still the dizzying whirl of feelings and reactions that have my mind abuzz.  We shall see when the pumpkin is carved and the lines here written what is worth the sharing.  

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

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. 

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.

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.

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!

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!” 

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. 

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.”