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Deaf folks who are in a relationship with more than one intimate partner often face unique challenges when one or more o...

Deaf folks who are in a relationship with more than one intimate partner often face unique challenges when one or more of their partners causes harm. Come join Brian Berlinski and Bethany Gehman for a conversation on the overlapping issues faced by Deaf domestic violence survivors who live by a non-monogamous (or polyamorous) relationship model. Joining them is Diego Guerra, a guest speaker who will honor us with their personal journey and their experiences with unhealthy and healthy non-monogamous relationships.

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Alternately you may join by watching our live broadcast to DeafHope page.

[Image description: Flyer for a live webinar event in ASL hosted by DeafHope, on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Text reads: DeafHope Presents: Polyamory and Domestic Violence. In the middle are three photos of individuals. Pictured on the left is Brian Berlinski with DeafHope, he is a white cisgender male-presenting q***r person with head shaved on the sides, bleached hair combed to the right side, wearing a brown vest on a brown T-shirt, smiling softly while looking at the camera. In the middle is Bethany Gehman from jooux, a white cisgender womxn with short brown curly hair, wearing a black fedora hat, is looking at the camera. She is wearing a black blazer over a mesh shirt and teal lace top with a pair of gold earrings. On the right is Diego Guerra, a community member, they are a light-skinned nonbinary Chicanx, is smiling at the camera. They are wearing dark rimmed glasses, a dark navy blue shirt with white dots. There are green trees in the background. Botton text reads: or Zoom with live Q&A. Saturday, March 27, 2021. 11:30am PT / 12:30pm MT / 1:30pm CT / 2:30pm ET. Register (link):]



We made this video Spring of last year because anti-Asian racism hasn't been discussed often in our communities despite the severity of the situation. We’re reposting it again because unfortunately, it is still relevant to this day.

(Note: It was created by a production team formerly known as "Dragon Grrls" and now renamed to FINISH EAT? to reflect our growing understanding of which symbols/expressions are and are not pan-Asian/PI. This video was the final project created under our former name.)

Thankful to have collaborated with 9 phenomenal Asian deaf womxn (Nayo Lim Franck, Leang Ngov, Anna Lim Franck, Lina Hou, Noel King, Janele Alarcon, Kimberly Han, Desiree Duong) on this video! Y'all rock!
Anti-Asian Racism in the Time of COVID-19

[video description/transcript (by Leang Ngov):
Black background with white bold font text, centered, that reads, “Anti-Asian Racism in the Time of COVID-19

Black fade out

Black background with white bold font text, centered, that reads, “Content warning: Graphic Images and Descriptions of Violence”

Noel King is a deaf q***r Korean-American adoptee cisgender womxn with black short hair. She wears a dark plum purple long sleeved shirt. She sits on a black plastic chair with white wall in the background.

“Dear friends, family and community. We need your attention.
With this COVID-19 pandemic happening right now, you know that viruses do not discriminate against people. But people can. We are seeing the rapid global spread of what?
Anti Asian Racism.
Means violence, bullying, assaults, harassments happening against Asian people, no matter if from China or not.”

background: light purple wall; Kimberly, light-skinned Korean American, wears black long sleeved sweatshirt and red glasses. Her long brown hair is in a ponytail. She is standing in front of a light purple wall.
“From schools, commutes to work, trips to the grocery store, Asian-Americans have experienced verbal and physical attacks with getting dirty looks, being coughed at, spat on, blocked from getting in motels, gas stations, getting services, Asian restaurants and businesses suffer huge loss of customers and money.
This is also called xenophobia (black font text that reads, “Xenophobia” is shown on upper left - this text pops up as Kimberly fingerspells the term and fades away) and sinophobia (black font text that reads, “Sinophobia” is shown on upper left - this text pops up as Kimberly fingerspells the term and fades away.
Means what?
Fear and hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures. A negative sentiment against China, its people, overseas Chinese, or Chinese culture.”

Background: Lina, a light-skinned Chinese-Taiwanese-American cis woman, appears in a solid black top. Her hair is pulled back in a low ponytail. She is seated on a stool (not shown in this video) with a white wall as the backdrop.
“Federal law enforcement/FBI recently announced a warning of hate crimes against Asian people that is increasing in the US. Online reports on racial & xenophobic attacks counted more than 1,000 incidents in less than two weeks. Also, there are estimates of an average of 100 per day all over the country, from LA to NYC to Texas. Surprising fact is that 61% of those reports were from non-Chinese people.
(cropped close up image of a SouthEast Asian male with his face stitched showed up in upper left - this image remains in the video as Lina retells this incident) In West Texas, a 19 year old teenager stabbed a Southeast Asian family members and slashed across their face, including a 2 year old and a 6 year old. Why? He thought the family is Chinese and infecting people with coronavirus.”

Nayo is a deaf q***r Korean adoptee cisgender womxn with black short hair. She is wearing a black v-neck long sleeved shirt and is seated on a dark brown/black high stool in front of dark gray drawn curtains.
“A 16 year old Asian boy was bullied & physically assaulted by high schoolers in California and ended up in the Emergency Room.
(On the upper left, a cropped image that is split into two images is being shown. Left split is close up image of an elder Chinese man visibly distressed; right image of an elder Chinese man in black jacket and pants with light grey hat, holding a white bag in the middle of a couple of folks surrounding him) A 68 year old elder Chinese man was robbed, attacked and was struck in the back of his head in SF while collecting recycled cans.
(On the upper left, three images shown in one image is being shown. Left image is of male in black clothes in the subway and right image is of Chinese woman with orange face mask and black hooded jacket. In the lower image that is inbetween these two images shows the physical alternation between these two individuals) An Asian woman was attacked out of the blue and was kicked, punched & hit with an umbrella by a man in NYC at the subway station for wearing a face mask, calling her a “diseased bitch.”
(On the upper left, an image of three individuals surrounding a Filipno man in a store) A Filipino man in Bay Area California was harassed because he coughed at Target.
(On the upper left, an image is split into three images is shown. Left image is a close up image of the person holding a camera, while holding a sanitizer with another hand; with a partial view of an elderly Korean woman. Middle image is a close up image of an elderly Korean woman being harrassed. Right image is a close up image of a person holding a camera attempting to sanitize an elderly Korean woman within face distance) An elderly Korean woman was chased around and was told to “Sanitize Your Ass!”
(On the upper left, an image is of a screenshot from a night vision camera that shows a woman putting out a trash in front of the house with an assailant wearing a hooded jacket behind her and is pouring something on her. This image is shown as Nayo narrarates this incident) Just outside of her Brooklyn home, an Asian woman suffered burns on her face, body, and hands after an unknown assailant approached her from behind and poured an unknown substance over her head.
Many stories like this are happening all over US reported in various media. You know, this is not new?”

Janele, a Flilipina American womxn, is wearing a black long sleeve with her hair wrapped in a bun and strands of hair in front of her face. She is also wearing brown acrylic geometric earrings. Janele is signing with a light brown wall behind her.
“For more than 200 years, Asian Americans have been denied equal rights, experienced harassment, had their rights revoked, and imprisoned for no justifiable reason, physically attacked, and murdered. The last 20 years or so has seen Asian Americans become the fastest-growing targets for hate crimes and violence.
Throughout U.S. history, whenever there is a problem, political or economic like the public health crisis or, in wartime, there always seems to be the need for a scapegoat to unjustifiably blame and target with severe hostility. And, certainly, that's been the experience of Asian-Americans, Muslims, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities.
Aside from being blamed, Black and Brown bodies have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We need to acknowledge as well that more Black and Brown people are dying from COVID-19.”

Anna is a relatively light-skinned Filipino/Chinese/Taiwanese/Spanish q***r cisgender deaf female immigrant with long, dark curly hair parted in the middle. She has on red lipstick and a gray v-neck sweater and is seated on a brown/black high stool in front of dark gray drawn curtains.
“Because of the stereotype of Asian Americans as quiet, weak, and powerless, more and more Asian Americans are victimized, not just today but for many, many years.
(On the upper left, an image is of a comic strip that demonstrates Uncle Sam holding up a government bill while kicking Chinese people, which were drawn as offensive caricature, off the cliff.) For example, Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was passed to forbid Chinese people from entering the country, and it lasted for a total of 20 years.
(On the upper left, an image of an older, faded black background with white handwritten text that reads, “x Get rid of all Filipinos or we’ll burn this town down) The Watsonville Riots of 1930 involved white men committing violent acts against Filipinos and killing Fermin Tobera.
(On the upper left, B&W image of Japanese Americans being imprisoned at the internment camps is shown here) During World World Two in 1942, about 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned in the internment camps for about four years.
(On the upper left, B&W image of Vincent Chin smiling for the camera is shown here) In 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American was beaten to death by two White men who were enraged by the Japanese auto industry causing the closure of their car plants. They assumed Vincent is Japanese. They had no jail time at all.”

Background: light grey wall; Leang, Khmer-American womxn, is wearing a dark grey sweatshirt with medium length dark brown hair down. She signs as she is standing in front of a light grey wall.
“I am sure it is also happening to people we already know, and who are in the signing community.
The Covid-19 spread is already scary for everyone but in the last two months, with the increasing violence toward Asian Americans, is it justified to add additional fear in our lives as Asian individuals because the virus happened to be first discovered in China? Or because President Trump declared this disease to be called Chinese Virus or Kung Flu?
So how does attacking Asian people help stop the spread of the coronavirus?
Does blaming us for what is happening to us help you feel better?”

(this section has a brief compiled video clip, which shows an individual signing a word, to demonstrate this sentence: “No, I am not a virus.”)
Nayo: “No,”; Kimberly, “I am,”; Lina: “not”; Desiree: “a virus”; Anna: “No,”; Noel: “I am,”; Leang: “not,’; Janele: “a virus.”

The narrator, Desiree, is a Chinese-Vietnamese Deaf Amerian cisgender womxn with dark borwn long hair and she is wearing a black top with ¾ sleeves. Behind Desiree is a black background and she is sitting on her light grey chair.
“So there've been over 100 hate crimes reported a day against Asian Americans.
More than 260 civil rights groups demanded Congress to step up in countering this rise of violence. Means, we do need more leaders out there to take a stand in solidarity to defend the safety of Asian Americans’ lives. Our community must come together to raise the alarms about racism that is actually contagious and put a stop to it. Xenophobia will not make our communities safer. Listen to your doctor and public health officials.
When you see it happening in public, do you choose to be a bystander and turn your head away? It might be easy for you to dismiss racism when it does not impact you. But this is about people’s safety and it is affecting our lives.
We need to address Anti-Asian racism as a society.”

background: white wall; Korean-American female with short black hair and dark purple long sleeve shirt is sitting on dark brown chair.
“Remember, the danger is if we don't speak up for each other, the number of people being targeted is going to be expanding and if they don't intervene, that kind of violence or that kind of incident becomes normalized.
No, we are not the virus. Hate is the virus.
If you step up to put a stop to this to show that the harassment and attacks should not be tolerated, together we can move forward to heal as a safer and healthier community.”

(this section has a brief compiled video clip, which shows an individual signing a word, to demonstrate this sentence: ““With love / and hope / and justice / and solidarity,
Your Asian / friends, / family, / community””)
Kimberly: “With love,”; Lina: “and hope,”; Nayo: “and justice,”; Janele: “and solidarity,”; Anna, “Your Asian,”; Leang: “friends,”; Desiree: “family,”; and Noel: “community.”

(slowly fading to black with white font text for rolling credits which reads, “In order of appearance:
Noel King
Kimberly Han
Lina Hou
Nayo Lim Franck
Janele Alarcon
Anna Lim Franck
Leang Ngov
Desiree Duong.
*Thank you so much for your collaboration & participation in this video *
Dragon Grrrls Production
Written & Edited: Nayo Lim Franck
Anna Lim Franck
Leang Ngov
Lina Hou
© April 15, 2020]

Statement from our Culturally Responsive Domestic Violence Network (CRDVN) partner agencies. Image description in commen...

Statement from our Culturally Responsive Domestic Violence Network (CRDVN) partner agencies. Image description in comment below.

Deaf DAWN in DC

Deaf DAWN in DC

Happy Friday! We are proud to announce DeafDAWN & Deaf SHARE is collaborating!

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“About What?”
“A Trauma-Informed Approach to Communicating Your Needs with Your Loved Ones During COVID-19”
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March 5, 2021
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Deaf DAWN in DC

Deaf DAWN in DC

Trigger warning: sexual violence, r**e, street harassment, and hate against trans women

Today we are celebrating Black History Month by amplifying Black voices, sharing our stories, and raising awareness of the Black culture in many different ways. We, DAWN, want to use our platform to highlight misogynoir and transmisogynoir and explore how sexism, cissexism, and racism impact both Black women and trans women.

You may have seen the word misogyny before. It is the hatred against, contempt for, or prejudice against women and girls, but as for Black women and trans women, we have been treated differently.

Transmisogynoir, a term coined by writer Trudy as the specific oppression of Black trans feminine people where anti-Blackness, cissexism, and misogyny form a unique system of oppression.

The term comes from “misogynoir” coined by Black Q***r feminist Moya Bailey, who created the term to address the unique experience of misogyny directed toward Black cis women in American visual and popular culture.

The concept is grounded in the theory of intersectionality, which analyzes how various social identities such as race, gender, class, and sexual orientation interrelate in systems of oppression.

Historically, the concept of misogynoir started way back to the slavery era where Black women were justified for r**e because they were overtly sexual and promiscuous.

How does it harm us? We are often not believed when reporting sexual violence to police because we are perceived as overly sexual. In the streets we are being catcalled because our bodies are fetishized.

We must combat harmful stereotypes by acknowledging the existence of misogynoir and transmisogynoir and humanizing Black women and trans women.

[video description: a Black woman wears a white crew neck t-shirt, a pair of earrings and jeans.]

Happy Lunar New Year, from DeafHope to our Chinese-American community members! [image 1: image of a stylistic hand-paint...

Happy Lunar New Year, from DeafHope to our Chinese-American community members! [image 1: image of a stylistic hand-painted ox set against a red circle on dark blue background; image 2: a factsheet infographic about Chinese New Year, showing a three-generation family with adults and children, with facts posted in bubbles around the family: celebrations: new year’s decorations, new year’s dinner, firecrackers, fireworks and red envelopes; also called Spring Festival / Lunar New Year; Chinese writing and English pronunciation Chün Jié; 2021 date Friday February 12, 2021 holiday 7 days Feb 11-17.]


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