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Sun Nov 13 13:35:26 EST 2011
From: "Lyn Gwizdak" <linda.gwizdak at cox.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2011 12:56 PM
To: "Blind LGBT Pride discussion list" <blindlgbtpride at acb.org>
Subject: Re: [blindlgbtpride] Intro
> Hi Dorene,
> I'm Lyn, a Transsexual man and I'm going to be 61 in a few weeks. I have
> some sight and use a guide dog. I live with my sister who is also blind
> and developmentally developed.
> I do pet assisted therapy with my guide dog, Landon, a red Lab/Golden
> cross who is going to be 6 next week. We are active at our blind center
> and with the LGBT community. I belong to our LGBT Democratic club and we
> live in San Diego.
> I have met a couple of blind LGBT folks here - about seven people - some
> are Gay, some are Bi, and two of us are Trans. We don't really meet other
> than running into each other at some function at the LGBT Center - never
> at the blind center.
> What I run into is that it seems that the majority of the blind people
> here are older, christian, and somewhat conservative and a coouple are
> openly homophobic. The rest just accept me as I am since they've known me
> for so many years. I have been a long time volunteer there and have held
> office - board of directors and Board President - and was the Activity
> Coordinator. So, as they find out that I'm Trans, they already know me as
> the good person they always knew. One of the senior couples has a Lesbian
> daughter who is in the military. They support their daughter and love her
> dearly and they accept me being Trans.
> One of the things I've noticed is the lack of LGBT literature available in
> formats for the blind. I'm so lucky that I can read print with
> magnification. Sure, there's the Internet, but there are so many great
> books and they are NOT on tape or Braille. I look through Talking Book
> Topics, publication from the National Library Service that lists the
> available books on tape - or is it almost all digital now. I enjoy LGBT
> history books, and Gay male fiction and I borrow these from the library at
> our LGBT Center. In general, I enjoy historical fiction, biographies, and
> dog books.
> It seems that most stuff on tape is Westerns, religious, or other stuff
> very straight orientated - nothing Gay and not much on sexuality in
> general. Don't know how we can change this.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <dorenefc at aol.com>
> To: <blindlgbtpride at acb.org>
> Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:52 AM
> Subject: [blindlgbtpride] Intro
>> Hi All
>> I have been reading people's introductions with interest and decided to
>> post a little about myself:
>> My name is Dorene.
>> I live in Seattle and identify as bi and have had relationships with
>> women since college. I listed my relationship status on Facebook as it's
>> complicated for two days and decided that was too much. I have a husband
>> from Russia who is deaf, gay and not ethnically Russian. We have been
>> separated for several years but have not gotten around to getting
>> divorced. I feel lucky to live in Seattle because it's both socialy and
>> legally easy to be open about lots of things.
>> I just turned 50 this year. I came of age in the early 1980's when
>> radical feminist and lesbian were often mixed in people's thinking.
>> Feminism is more important to me than, say, sports. I like reading,
>> computers, social justice activism.
>> I have had crummy vision all my life with different variations depending
>> on the sequence of surgeries. I feel lucky that I could read print allthe
>> way through my MA but I also feel frustrated not to have had more ways to
>> think iabout making some things easier, less tiring. I became legally
>> blind about 7 years ago so I have all kinds of vision dependent habits
>> and really mediocre skills of blindness. Most of the time I am okay with
>> embracing the adventure of it all. Well, most of the time.
>> I think it was last summer I posted something wondering how many of us do
>> things to be visible for younger blind people dealing with sexual
>> identity issues. I posted the query but I still have not done much about
>> But I am curious, who else is out there on this list.
>> Dorene Cornwell
>> Seattle WA
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