To deaf dating

The common struggle of facing discrimination from many directions has fostered a tight-knit sense of camaraderie among deaf queer people.

“Queer-deaf culture values greater acceptance of divergent ideas and people,” my friend Robb Dooling explains.

Perhaps due to internalized homophobia, they’re less comfortable with guys who are expressive in this way.

But what really irked me was having to deal with ignorance from people who assumed that deaf people had other intellectual or emotional challenges.

That we couldn’t drive, speak clearly, or even read.

Regardless, being both deaf and gay has shaped my identity for the better.

If I were straight and hearing, I wouldn’t have as much of an impulse to help others, or be as tolerant or culturally sensitive.

To be honest, I feel more comfortable being gay in the deaf community.

By and large, deaf people are very accepting of my sexual orientation..action_button.action_button:active.action_button:hover.action_button:focus.action_button:hover.action_button:focus .count.action_button:hover .count.action_button:focus .count:before.action_button:hover .count:before.u-margin-top--lg.u-margin-left--sm.u-flex.u-flex-auto.u-flex-none.bullet. Content Wrapper:after.hidden.normal.grid_page.grid_page:before,.grid_page:after.grid_page:after.grid_page h3.grid_page h3 a.grid_page h3 a:hover.grid_page h3 a.action_button.grid_page h3 a.action_button:active.grid_page h3 a.action_button:hover.grid_page h3 a.action_button:not(.fake_disabled):hover.grid_page h3 a.action_button:not(.fake_disabled):focus.grid_pagediv. Noe admits we’re kind of limited, romance-wise: “My dating pool consists of the deaf gay men in my area and hearing men who happen to be fluent in American Sign Language.People who are straight or hearing have significantly more options.” One question that comes up often: Is it harder to be a gay man in the deaf community or deaf in the gay community?For example, most LGBT people have heterosexual parents—likewise, only 5 to 10% of deaf people have deaf parents.

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