In the early 90s, when I was asked to edit this first-ever anthology of deaf lesbian and gay "voices," I had no idea that deaf people from all over the world would still write me emails and letters, thanking me for helping them come out, even to this day.
I do know that being both openly gay and proudly deaf for many folks is no longer the big deal it once was years ago when I came out.
That's what matters--that for us deaf gay people everywhere, we have become visible in the media and within the larger deaf community itself.
I am proud that EYES OF DESIRE: A DEAF GAY & LESBIAN READER played a role in that visibility, and continues to do so even though it has gone out of print. (Please note: I no longer have any copies left for sale.)
The anthology is the only book in the world focusing exclusively on the deaf lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities. Nominated for two 1993 Literary Lambda Awards, the collection included 56 contributors, most of whom were deaf, from the United States and Canada.
What could be said about the deaf lesbian, gay, and bisexual community in 314 pages? Plenty, you'll see, with some excerpts from the book!
|EYES OF DESIRE
A Deaf Gay & Lesbian Reader
Edited by Raymond Luczak
Alyson Publications (1993)
314 pages (IBSN 1-55583-204-0)
OUT OF PRINT.
All photographs by Keith Mitchell. © 1993
Bottom photograph by Steven Wilhelm.
© 2008 Copyright by Raymond Luczak. All rights reserved.