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Hayden Kristal: GaySL Workshop & Stand-Up Comedy

Posted on October 13, 2017

Friday, Oct. 13:
      GaySL Workshop | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | CMU 203
      Stand-Up Comedy Show | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage

Hayden Kristal (they/them/theirs) is a Deaf, bisexual, Jewish, transgender activist and stand-up comedian. Living their life at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities led them to a career as a professional speaker exploring the intersections of disability, gender, sexuality, particularly within the spheres of activism and social justice. They have brought their funny, engaging, and interactive workshops and speeches to dozens of conferences and schools all across North America. In 2016, they delivered their first TEDxTalk, and were the recipient of a Catalyst Award from the University of Missouri, for their dedication to creating change for and within the LGBTQ community. 

GaySL Workshop:
This highly interactive, variable, and hilarious workshop teaches its participants LGBTQ-related American Sign Language signs while fostering a group discussion about Deaf culture, intersectionality, accessibility and more. During the presentation participants will be encouraged to sign along as we learn the signs for GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER, GENDER, ALLY, COMING-OUT, PARTNER, BINARY, DRAG KING/QUEEN, IDENTITY, RAINBOW, PRIDE, etc., as well as requested signs. The signs serve as jumping off points for discussion about the intersection of Deafness and Queerness.

Stand-Up Comedy:
Hayden’s stand up draws from their experiences living life at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities, and plays with our expectations of disability and political correctness. They were recently featured as a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 NBC Stand Up Showcase.

Sponsored by SPECTRUM, Rainbow Dragon Center, Dragon Entertainment Group, and Accessibility Resources. All are welcome to attend both of these free events.


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