What does it mean to be a Deaf GLBT person in the world today? Over 85 Deaf and hearing people from all over the world share their stories, interviews, poems, and more in this anthology. Straight people also share their experiences. Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT Reader features rarely-heard voices such as a Deaf Ethiopian bisexual woman, a hard-of-hearing intersexed transgender musician, a Deaf ex-gay man, a Deaf lesbian witch, a Deaf gay Asian, a Deaf lesbian FTM rock n roll drummer, an older British non-signing deaf man, a Deaf black gay HIV-positive man, a hearing partner of a Deaf transman, a Deaf gay Hispanic man, a Deaf black lesbian tomfemme pagan, a Deaf gay hearing-aid fetishist, a Deaf Hindu lesbian, a DeafBlind Jewish gay man, a Deaf straight woman with two mommies, a Deaf leather titleholder, and a Deaf lesbian with an identical twin Deaf lesbian sister. Countries include Canada, Chile, England, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Russia, and South Africa. Subjects cover coming out, family, identity, relationships, community, and activism.
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Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of eight books. Luczak was born and raised in Ironwood, a small mining town in Michigan s Upper Peninsula. Number seven in a family of nine children, he lost much of his hearing due to double pneumonia at the age of seven months. After high school graduation, Luczak went to Gallaudet University, in Washington, DC. While there, he learned American Sign Language (ASL), became involved with the Deaf community, and won numerous scholarships in recognition of his writing. After his breakthrough essay Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer in the Christopher Street magazine in December 1990, he eventually saw seven of his books published. His first book, Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay & Lesbian Reader, eventually won two Lambda Literary Award nominations (Best Lesbian and Gay Anthology, and Best Small Press Book). His other books include St. Michael s Fall: Poems, Silence is a Four-Letter Word: On Art & Deafness, and When I am Dead: The Writings of George M. Teegarden. His Deaf gay novel Men with Their Hands won a first-prize grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation for Full-Length Fiction 2003. The book has gone on to win first place in the Project: QueerLit 2006 Contest. Suspect Thoughts Press will publish it in the spring of 2008. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Review:
[This] is an engaging portrait of a relatively unknown part of queer culture. The essays, poems and interviews in the anthology are a mosaic of the lives of gay and trans deaf people, who encounter prejudice based on their deafness and sexuality in the gay and hearing worlds.
As is so often the case with people who live at the intersections of identities, struggles for dignity and self-awareness are complex, involving various parts of the self. For example, "Ocean" is a Gallaudet University graduate and an ordained Wiccan high priestess: "I've been blessed to deal with the burden of being double marginalized as a member of both [the Deaf and Pagan] communities," she writes, "as well as the beauty that comes in merging my identity with my spirituality." Yet, "sexuality is one of those things that defy any kind ... of labeling."
Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader, an anthology edited by Luczak and published in 1993, was an invaluable first look at queer deaf life. Yet, as Luczak writes, this collection was compiled before the advent of accessible and affordable technologies, such as e-mail, when more people were hesitant to be open about their sexuality.
Eyes of Desire 2 offers an updated and more diverse view of this cultural subset. Transgender and intersex voices are included, there is more of an international perspective, and more of the contributors are comfortable with coming out.
This collection is an intriguing showcase of how the writers, often facing discrimination, seek to connect with others. Some of the best pieces in the book are those with a pointed sense of humor. Mel Whalen's essay is an amusing response to being asked, "What are the benefits of being deaf? She skipped church as a child because "they couldn't figure out how to make it accessible" Whalen writes, "... but I didn't miss the guilt ... that so many religions install." --Kathi Wolfe, THE WASHINGTON BLADE, Nov. 2007
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