By and large, deaf people are very accepting of my sexual orientation.
But being deaf in the queer community has, at times, created a sense of isolation and low self-esteem.
“Queer-deaf culture values greater acceptance of divergent ideas and people,” my friend Robb Dooling explains.
“We’re the ‘rainbow sheep of the family.’ We have two reasons instead of just one to stick together.” But there are downsides, too—most noticeably how small the community is.
The look on Kourtney’s face says it all as she stops to wait up after stepping out of the SUV, only to have Younes leave her in the dust.
I took comfort, though, in the knowledge that many other people identified as part of one minority group or another, and that I wasn’t alone.My parents have been incredibly supportive but it was difficult for me to accept that there was not one, but two fundamental differences between us.Moreover, deaf and queer individuals both have the experience of having to “come out” repeatedly.“Marriage, Not Dating” is a 2014 South Korean drama series directed by Song Hyun Sook.I’d be lying if I said that growing up deaf wasn’t a challenge.