Who We Are

MN Deaf Queers is a community-based group located in Minnesota that focuses on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing LGBTQ+ people. Our allies are welcome and valued members of this community-based group.

Our group name, MN Deaf Queers, was voted on by the community.

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"Deaf"

We use the term Deaf as an inclusive term to define all members, including Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf+.

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Man giving DeafBlind woman tactile sign language

"Queer"

We use the term Queer as an umbrella term inclusive of all identities. All are welcomed, respected, and part of our community.

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Singer Deborah Cox and ASL performer dancing back-to-back

Deaf Pride Awards

The annual Deaf Pride Awards, MNDQ premier event, is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate those who have given so much back!

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Rainbow flag with pro-equality words on it

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Minnesota Deaf Queers Mission Statement
Minnesota Deaf Queers Mission Statement

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Deaf Awards Sponors
Deaf Awards Sponors

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Rainbow flag with pro-equality words on it

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Check out some of our past ceremonies!

Meet The MDQ Team!

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James Paul Beldon

Riss Leitzke

Eric Nooker

John. Wilson

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Lilly Steinbruckner

Deaf Queer Social, Legislation, Gala

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Heath Focken

Deaf Queer Social

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Waymon Hudson

MDQ Online Communications

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Del Anderson

MDQ Event Volunteer 

Deaf Queer Social

Legislation

DB Liaison

MDQ Rainbow Cookout

Gala

Fundraising

MADC Liaison

Gala and Awards

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Jessalyn Akerman-Frank

MDQ Organizer

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Patrick Vella

MDQ DeafBlind Community Liaison

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Cookie Brand

MDQ Rainbow Families Coordinator

MDQ Parade

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Kathy Manlapas

MDQ Rainbow Families Coordinator

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Jack Williams

MDQ Photographer

MDQ Booth Chair

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Pam Burry

MDQ  Black Deaf Liaison

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Jer Loudenback

MDQ History and Archives, MDQ Booth Chair, MDQ Parade Chair, Gala 

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Albert Walla

MDQ History and Archives 

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Keep Up with the Latest News at the MDQ Blog!

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