Deaf Gay and Lesbian Community FAQ

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Q: What is the Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC)?

The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit resource and information center based on the web. This is "the place" to find the most comprehensive and accurate information by, for and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Communities. DQRC is entirely volunteer-run and was founded on September 1, 1995 by Deaf Queer/Trans activist Dragonsani Renteria. DQRC receives more than 15,000 unique visits per month.

Q: Why do you use the word "Queer"?

We believe the word "Queer" is a powerful word. A word that's inclusive as well as empowering. While once considered a derogatory term, our community has reclaimed the word and made it a word of pride.

Q: How many Deaf Queers are there in the United States?

An estimated 2.8 million! Alfred Kinsey, based on his ground breaking research in the late 1940s, estimated that 10% of the total population is Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual. According to the National Association of the Deaf, there are currently 28 million Deaf and hard of hearing people in the U.S. Multiply 10% by 28 million and you get a figure of 2.8 million Deaf and hard of hearing Queers!

Q: I am hearing. Where can I learn sign language?

Most community colleges offer American Sign Language classes. Contact them. You should also contact your local Deaf service agency (look them up in the phone book). They can steer you in the right direction.

Q: We are interested in providing interpreters for an LGBT event. Where can we find them?

First, thank you for being committed to making your event inclusive. You can find interpreters by contacting your local interpreting agency (check the phone book) or the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. You can also send out your request on FLASH, a mailing list that reaches more than 10,000 people worldwide. Many Queer and Queer-friendly interpreters subscribe to the list.

Q: I'm writing a research paper about the deaf. Where can I find more resources?

Google is your friend.

Q: I'm taking an ASL class and my teacher requires that we interview a deaf person or write about a deaf organization. Can I interview you for my paper?

We receive at least a dozen of these type of inquires every couple of months. In the past, we gladly helped out with these type of requests. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we're no longer able to do so. We appreciate your understanding.

If you would like to write your paper on DQRC, everything you need to know about us can be found on this website. Check out the Interview with Drago on how DQRC got its start.

Q: I'm straight and a friend just told me he is gay. Where can I go to learn more about Gay people?

There's tons of educational material on the Internet. Do a search. To get you started, check out this link. You might also want to visit our Coming Out Support section to give you an idea what your friend might be experiencing and feeling after coming out to you.

Q: Can you send me more information about DQRC by mail?

DQRC is run entirely virtually. We do not send out materials via snail mail. You can find everything we have to offer right here on our website.

Q: I have some materials I'd like to mail to DQRC. What is your mailing address?

Deaf Queer Resource Center
P.O. Box 14431
San Francisco, CA 94114

Please include an email address if you would like a response.

Q: Can we link to your website?

Absolutely! The only websites that do NOT have permission to link to us are sites that promote hate or bigotry.

Q: Can we copy all of the links on your website on our own? What about other content on the DQRC website?

No. This would be a copyright violation.

Q: Do you accept advertising on the site?

Not at this time.

Q: Why isn't the DQRC website updated more often?

In a nutshell, because we don't have a paid staff to make updates and additions to the website on a regular basis. DQRC is entirely volunteer-run. We all give as much time to it as we can and a majority of our time goes toward responding to email requests for support, resources, information and referrals.

Q: When is the chatroom coming back?

The chatroom software needs to be upgraded and we don't currently have the needed funds to do so. If you would like to donate funds for this, contact us. Once the chatroom is back, we'll announce it on FLASH.

Q: I have a question not listed here.

Feel free to contact us. We'll do our best to reply.

FAQ Last Revised: April 2009

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