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Date someone who would rather watch your favorite movie with you then go to a party on Friday night. Date someone who will share their food with you even though you said you didn’t want any. Date someone who will warm your hands in the winter and kiss your pink nose. Date someone who will text you they love you at 2am and at 9pm. Date someone who will let you change the station in the car when they’re driving. Date someone who can make you smile when you would rather die. Date someone who makes your insides feel like you’ve just downed a bottle of vodka. Date someone who makes you better.





Images of live action Lupin III cast in costume appear!

We can see that the actors and actress are representing accurate versions of the characters we have come to know and love!

The film will hit Japanese cinemas on August 31st and will launch around the same time as the new animated feature film, The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen.






The Future of Communication Access



Black ASL - Extremely interesting video talking about how black ASL is similar to AAVE (African American Vernacular English). And I’m just like…ummmm, hell yes! Finally I can learn how to sign the same way I speak. 

oooh, fun fact: did you know, before the civil rights movement, even the deaf schools were segregated? so black and white deaf children were not allowed to interact with each other, and that basically started black ASL. (interessssttiiiinggggg!!!!)

anyways, i’ve had a really bad day, and this just made me a bit too excited.



the asl sign for “transgender" is basically the same as the sign for "beautiful" but signed at the chest instead of in front of the face.

so that’s cool.

this is my imperfect not-a-fluent-signer understanding but:

(based on a presentation by a…

Lol, thanks! 

I’m aware of the sign. It’s (thankfully) becoming a more popular one to use. There are several others out there, but they are less PC and were definitely contrived by the hearing/cis-deaf population. The fact that deaf LGBTQ have started really creating their own vocabulary and colloquiums has been a really intriguing process to watch unfold. I have several friends who use this sign, among many others, and I much prefer this to some of the other offensive signs I’ve seen. It’s about time that sensitivity and respect with these issues has made its way to the Deaf community.  





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Get ready for the TFiOS movie release! 

This was my dad’s idea. He’s amazing.


You’re so excited you couldn’t even see the links!





Limited Edition TFiOS Preparedness Kit

This pack includes:

Drawstring backpack
Exclusive tissue pack
Exclusive sunglasses
Lapel pin (metal, butterfly clutch clasp)
3 exclusive postcards
3 exclusive stickers

Get ready for the TFiOS movie release!

This was my dad’s idea. He’s amazing.


You’re so excited you couldn’t even see the links!

Hi! I just had a question and was hoping you could help me out. There's a boy in one of my classes at uni that I've become friendly with through said class. We always work together when the tutor lets us choose groups and we have a lot of fun. We also watch a lot of the same television programmes. I'm having a gathering of friends coming over next week and I invited him over and he said that he'd come. I'm a little nervous though because there's going to be so many of us and I want to make- Anonymous

sure that he feels included. Most of my mates know him but not everyone does, and I don’t want him to feel uncomfortable. He always has at least one interpreter in class so I’ve always been able to rely on them if he didn’t always understand me, but they obviously won’t be there when he comes over. He’s really good at reading lips and he speaks, which is how we chat, but again, I want him to feel comfortable in my flat. Any advice? Cheers!


I’m so sorry it took me so long to respond! I’ve been crazy busy and sick lately. 

My advice is honestly to relax! Deaf people are really used to having to navigate the hearing world. But it also helps to maybe have some paper and pens lying about. It doesn’t have to be anything formal, but it can help in a pinch. I wouldn’t point it out like “I have these for you!!” If they’re needed, they’ll be used. And if they aren’t, great! 

I think it’s great that you’ve invited him! It’s not often that Deaf people are thought of to be invited to parties and the like. Usually people just assume that we don’t want to or can’t socialize with the hearing world (false!). 

I think everything will work out well. And if there are problems, you can always ask him about what you could do to make it easier. Or tell him he can bring some of his friends so it’s not just him and a bunch of people he doesn’t know. It might help everyone feel a bit more comfortable!

Hope this helps and that it goes/went well!

I've been out of practice with ASL for some time because my college stops after the second level and I don't have any Deaf friends. I don't have any Deaf friends because I cannot stand upsetting people, and I know the Deaf culture is so valuable to those who are invited to experience it. I just feel like I haven't been invited, and I know my lack of practice has a part to play in that, but at the same time how can a hearing person get enough practice if no one wants to teach them? [...] Anonymous

[…] I don’t just want to learn the language. I want to learn about the culture, I want to know what is acceptable and what is not, but just like every culture it seems as though a lot of people are on opposite sides of the poles. At the coffee meet-ups you’ll see Deaf people ignoring students who are forced to go there for their grade, and you’ll see Deaf people actively seeking them out. I just don’t know what’s appropriate for someone who wants to learn, but who is far too timid to risk upsetting anyone. That’s the very, very last thing I want to do! What advice do you have on this?


My advice is to remember that Deaf people are human too. If you upset them, they’ll get over it. I don’t think you will, though. If you go and are very honest about your situation- needing to practice, wanting to learn the language and culture and not wanting to upset anyone, I’m pretty sure you’ll find people who are willing! The coffee talks are sort of a catch-22 for Deaf people. They want to see other Deaf people, and ASL students are sort of something we have to accept as part of the situation. I, myself, really like meeting students! Other people don’t. It’s sort of a person-by-person basis.  

My biggest advice is to go in with an open mind. If you upset someone, really, it’s no big deal! It happens. I know it’s uncomfortable, and I know you don’t want it to happen. No one does. But that confidence of asking will go a long way! I wouldn’t approach it with the idea of “I need a tutor! Someone teach me!” Go and say that you’re looking to make friends in the community. Make friends with other students, too! 

It may take you a few times to really make any headway. That’s normal. The Deaf community experiences a sort of revolving door- students come to an event, and then never show up again. We tend to be a bit standoff-ish if we think someone is just there to get hours for class or whatnot. We want to know you’re invested in coming to events and making friends! The more you come to events, the more people will take notice and be interested in who you are! 

Also, be ready to talk about interests outside of ASL! We love ASL, of course,  but it’s not all we want to talk about! What are your favorite movies or TV shows? Do you like sports? Are you going on vacation soon? We’re people, and have many different interests just like you- so let’s find out what we have in common! 

I know it’s really overwhelming when you first start out. But keep going to events! The more you go to, the easier it becomes. You just have to stick out the first few awkward ones! Making friends with other students is a great idea! Help support each other and plan to go to events together. So long as you’re group is respectful of the social norms in the Deaf community, you should be A-OK! 

let me know if you have any other questions! I’m happy to help! 



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