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Webinar – Gender, Sexuality and Deaf People

June 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The world is often perceived in binary terms (male vs. female, hearing vs. deaf, preferred vs. non-preferred). Those dichotomies are generally problematic, especially in LGBTQIA communities. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to go beyond binary thinking and explore the spectrums when discussing gender and sexuality. The presenters will discuss how interpreters can work better with LGBTQIA consumers minimizing the harm and oppression against them. Additionally, terminology and concepts in LGBTQIA communities will be explored. One common issue for deaf LGBTQIA-identified people is the discomfort of interpreters surrounding sexuality, gender, and nontraditional relationships. This has a negative effect on deaf people’s access to health care and other social institutions. The presenters will address questions and scenarios submitted by participants as well as offering deaf- and queer-centered perspectives on how interpreters might navigate interpreted situations with LGBTQIA folks.

Participants will

  • understand and be able to describe the fluidity of identities related to gender and sexuality.
  • identify communication, interactional and linguistic approaches and strategies that avoids microaggressions toward LGBTQIA-identified consumers.
  • formulate professional development goals that support their ability to discuss gender and sexuality information in ASL, and in particular within health care and mental health settings.
  • submit questions and scenarios involving work with LGBTQIA consumers to the presenters via a Google form link shared with registered participants by May 27th.


ASL Interpreting Services is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.3 PPO CEUs at the “Some” content knowledge level.


Registration: https://aslis.com/events/in-betweenity-gender-sexuality-and-deaf-people/


June 3, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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ASLIS Interpreting Services
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