Not Your Typical LGBTQ Model: The Deaf LGBTQ + POC Experiences within LGBTQ Spaces

Not Your Typical LGBTQ Model: The Deaf LGBTQ + POC Experiences within LGBTQ Spaces

0.2 PS PPO CEUs credits

Sunday, June 27, 2021

7 - 9 pm EST (Two hours)

FREE for Diversity Academy members

The personal experiences of Deaf LGBTQ + POC can often be misunderstood based on implicit biases, assumptions, and prejudices against those who are not like LGBTQ members you may know. Thus, their existence as POC can unknowingly be fully erased from their LGBTQ stories. Through this webinar, participants will have opportunities to learn and appreciate better insights into what types of oppressive experiences LGBTQ+ POC members have had and how these oppressive experiences impact Deaf LGBTQ+POC in various leadership positions, personal lived experiences, and steps which can be taken to ensure these members can be heard, seen, and supported both in their personal and social spaces. For Interpreters working with LGBTQ + POC Deaf members, it is especially important to consider how these members’ intersectional identities may shape their experiences of stigma, stress, and community connectedness as a whole.


Educational Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify some examples of how Interpreters might commit microaggressions within LGBTQ+POC spaces.

2. Participants will be able to list three things that Interpreters can do to be an ally to the Deaf LGBTQ+POC members/community.

3. Participants will be able to identify specific terms used to reflect intersectionality of racial members within LGBTQ community.

4. Participants discuss ways for how to be more accountable to stop oppressive behaviors within typical larger LGBTQ and/or Deaf communities especially with members who identify as POC through polling surveys and questions & answer sessions.

Purple Communications and Sorenson Communications are an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies PPO webinar is offered for 0.2 PPO CEUs at the little/None Content Knowledge Level.

Purple Communications, Sorenson Communications, and Diversity Academy promote and support policies of non-discrimination and an environment that is mutually respectful and free from bias. 

Requests for accommodations must be submitted to [email protected]

Cancellation Policy: 

In the event that this webinar has to be canceled, we will notify you within 48 hours. 


About Dr. Suzette Garay

Presenter Bio:

Suzette Garay- is a Deaf Person of Color (DPOC) and a third generational Latina(x) from South America, Nicaragua and a third member of her family who was born Deaf. She holds the following degrees: BA, MA. PSY.S, and a Ph.D. Her major areas of studies are Special
Education with an emphasis on Deafness and Learning Disabilities, Psychology, and teaching of American Sign Language. She currently is a retired Educational Psychologist and teaches online diversity training courses and sign language courses. She also owns a private practice working with many families, individuals, and private business owners about interpreting, accessibility, diversity, and advocacy with diverse DHHDB consumers.
Dr. Garay has the following qualifications: 25+ years of direct teaching, evaluating, and
mentoring with Special Education students, ASL/Interpreter students, working interpreters,
and/or community business members whom use American Sign Language for communicating with their consumers. She also has invaluable personal experience and success teaching, evaluating, and mentoring diverse deaf individuals and/or consumers from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds.


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