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McCaskill’s Attorney to Hold Press Conference on Tuesday

According to the Associated Press, Dr. Angela McCaskill, who was placed on administrative leave by Gallaudet University when it was discovered last week that she had  signed an anti-gay petition while holding the position of Chief Diversity Officer at the University, has hired attorney J. Wyndal Gordon to represent her in seeking reinstatement.

Mr. Gordon has issued a statement saying that Dr. McCaskill is not anti-gay and he would explain her actions in greater detail at a press conference on Tuesday in Annapolis, Md.

Announcement from Gallaudet’s SBG

Statement to Gallaudet University students, staff, and faculty from Student Body Government President Stephanie Johnston:

We would like to acknowledge that Dr. Angela McCaskill has been placed on administrative leave until further notice. We are pleased to see that action has been taken; however, we recognize how critical it is for students to be an important part of this decision making process.

Gallaudet University's Chief Diversity Office Placed on Administrative Leave

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Placed on Administrative Leave

Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, has been placed on administrative leave.  The following is an official statement from Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz:

Gallaudet University | Office of the President

Dear Campus Community,

Marriage Equality & Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer

A great video from Alison Aubrecht of the Facundo Element.

“Facundo Element joins others in calls for a public apology from the Chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet University for her decision to sign a petition that was sponsored by those who want to remove civil rights of LGBT individuals, specifically the right to marry. We also stand in support of Marriage Equality and encourage all to vote in favor of it on November 6th. Make sure you read the ballot questions carefully! (In Minnesota, the question is “Marriage is for one man and one woman,” so you want to vote NO in Minnesota.)”

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Signs Anti-Gay Petition

On November 6th, Maryland voters will decide whether the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which was enacted by the Maryland legislature and grants lesbian and gay couples the equal right to marry, is upheld or rejected.

While there are many that support overturning this important civil rights legislation, one person you would never expect to be in favor of doing so is Gallaudet University’s own Chief Diversity Officer and Maryland resident, Dr. Angela McCaskill.

Vote for Marriage Equality

Vote for Equality and Fairness

Be Prepared – Know how to vote in your state to support marriage equality.

In Maine: Vote YES on 1
Marriage for All Families

In Maryland: Vote FOR question 6
Marriage Equality and Fairness

In Minnesota: Vote NO
Don’t Limit the Freedom to Marry

In Washington: Vote to APPROVE R74

Learn more at

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.

Attention DeafQueer Filmmakers!

We desperately need more DeafQueer-positive films made by DeafQueer people!

Tribeca All Access® seeks feature-length narrative and documentary submissions from established and emerging filmmakers whose team includes a director or screenwriter from a community that is statistically under-represented in the film industry. Projects may be in any stage of development, from treatment/screenplay to post-production. Projects of any genre and or budget range are welcome to apply.

In addition to a grant of $15,000, grantees work closely with TFI and develop professional relationships throughout the film industry via networking opportunities that include: one-on-one industry meetings, panels, workshops and other events during the Tribeca Film Festival. Year-round, Tribeca All Access® also provides customized support in order to advance projects through completion. The deadline for submissions is November 5, 2012.  Learn more.

New Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator at DC Center

Adrienne, a Gallaudet University intern, is the new Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator at the DC Center in Washington, DC.  She also works with DC GenderQueer and is co-facilitator of OutToQuit.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Anniversary

DADT One-Year Anniversary

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal that allows hearing Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people to serve openly in the Armed Forces in the United States. Our work in this regard, however, is not done. As the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force notes, “the full work of repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the Armed Forces isn’t over until transgender individuals can serve openly as well.”  Deaf people should also have the opportunity to join the Armed Forces should they desire to.

President Obama’s Record on LGBT Issues

Vote to re-elect President Barack Obama on November 6th! Learn more at

Vote for Obama

Democratic Party Officially Supports LGBT Equality

On September, 4, 2012, the Democratic Party approved the following language in its 2012 platform:

We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples… 

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2012 DNC Speech

For those who missed it, the following is a transcript of First Lady Michelle Obama’s inspirational speech at the Democratic National Convention last night (this is not LGBT-specific but we had to share!):

Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.


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.


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.