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Welcome to DeafLGBTQ.com!  On this website, you will find resources for kids, teenagers, family of Deaf/LGBTQ+ youth, and educators of Deaf/LGBTQ+ youth!  You will also find a "Pop Culture" section featuring celebrities, role models, and film/TV representation for the Deaf/LGBTQ+ community, and a "Blog" which will be dedicated to discussions of issues which affect members of the Deaf community, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and anyone who belongs to both communities!

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For Your Consideration...

DeafLGBTQ.com is dedicated toward creating a space of inclusivity which will provide resources for individuals with identities which intersect between the Deaf community and the LGBTQ+ community. This website is meant to be used as a way for thoughts and ideas to be shared which will, hopefully, help anyone in search of information which relates to Deaf LGBTQ+ youth. The language used to share these ideas and resources is extremely important, and the following disclaimers are meant to act as an explanation for the reasoning behind the language used on this website. Thank you.

1. Queer: The use of the word ‘queer’ in casual forums tends to bring about a controversial discussion, rightfully so. For decades, the word ‘queer’ has been used as a derogatory slur, hurled at members of the LGBTQ+ community with the intention of causing pain. It's been used in a hateful way, and hearing the word caused a lot of hurt for members of the community. In recent years, however, the word ‘queer’ has been reclaimed by many members of the LGBTQ+ community as a way of self-identifying. It has been ‘taken back’, so to speak, and is often used as an umbrella term for the community. On this website, the word ‘queer’ will be reclaimed and used, at times, in reference to the LGBTQ+ community and as a label to define one's identity when appropriate. 

2. D/deaf: In the DHH (Deaf/Hard of Hearing) community, some individuals consider themselves to be 'big D" Deaf, while others consider themselves to be "little d" deaf. This refers to the ways in which the individual chooses to identify, and whether they would consider themselves to be culturally Deaf. For the purposes of this website, "big D" Deaf will be used to refer to the Deaf community. This does not mean, however, that choosing to use "little d" deaf to identify is wrong or invalid in any way. This is something which is left to the DHH individual to decide, and any choice is perfectly valid!

3. Identity-First vs. Person-First Language: In recent years, conversations about "identity-first" language versus "person-first" language have become widespread throughout the fields of education, speech-language pathology, etc. These conversations are meant to discuss how best to refer to people, specifically individuals within marginalized communities such as the disability community. To use "identity-first" language would be to refer to someone as 'a disabled person', while using "person-first" language would mean referring to someone as 'a person with a disability'. The difference, here, lies in whether the attribute of the individual is seen as a defining piece of their identity. On this website, "identity-first" language will be utilized. This will mean that readers will see such phrases as "Deaf person", "disabled woman", etc.

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