Trans Universe would like to welcome our first new contributing author, Zan Thornton. Zan is a good friend of mine and has been a strong advocate for the rights of Disable Americans, specifically the rights of the hearing impaired for the last 10 years. Zan uses the word “deaf” and says those who are hearing impaired are not offended with that word.
Zan knows American Sign Language and has been an activist in the LGBT community for 30 years. She was one of the people who helped with the highly successful Olympics Out of Cobb Campaign in 1996. Just before the Olympics,
When the Olympics came to
Zan served in the Army from July 1982 to July 1988 and is a member of the local chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER.) Her and I met at a chilly Veterans’ Day Parade in 2006, which was the first time the AVER Atlanta Chapter was allowed to march. Some people turned their backs on us or screamed obscenities as we passed by. Several problems occurred again in 2007 when some bigots accused us of showing some public display of affection in 2006. I was wondering how we were able to do that when we were marching in cadence. Paraphrasing Shakespeare, “The (people) dost protest too much, me thinks.”
Welcome Zan! I hope to see some good stuff come out of you. (No pressure.) <giggle>