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The  T  in LGBT
A Deaf Man's Journey from Female to Male

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FREE and open to the public!

In this informative presentation, Drago Renteria and his partner, Jennifer Mantle, will educate audience members on issues that affect transgender and transsexual individuals. Utilizing powerful images and healthy doses of humor, Drago will share his personal journey making the transition from female to male. Jennifer will share her perspective as the partner of a transman, lead us through issues of transphobia, and educate us on how to be trans allies.

Drago Renteria is a Deaf, Chicano transman who is passionate about making a difference. He has presented to diverse audiences nationwide on LGBTIQ issues. He is founder of the national Deaf Queer Resource Center and has served on numerous local and national boards.

Jennifer Mantle has been presenting with Drago on issues relevant to the transgender community and her experience as the partner of a transman for over fifteen years. She has served on the board of Female-to-Male International and facilitated a support group for family and partners of trans people.

Drago and Jennifer are long-time residents of San Francisco’s Mission District, where they reside with their genius furkid, Magnus the Magnificent.

WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 2018
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

WHERE: Hearing Speech Deaf Center (HSDC)
1625 19th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

NOTE: Portions of this workshop contain graphic content.

This workshop will be presented in ASL. PTASL interpreters gladly provided. Please request accommodations by 6/1/18 to Diane Cinney at (360-338-6024 VP)

Participants are asked not to wear perfume or other chemically scented products.

Deaf Interpreter Workshop

January 5-7 and 12-14, 2018

This Deaf Interpreter Workshop is a training for target audience – current and aspiring Deaf Interpreters. This hybrid training includes 40 hours of self-paced online training and 48 hours of in-person training in Seattle.

Sponsored by the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), this training is provided at no cost for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Washington State community members currently working as Deaf Interpreters.

During this intensive training, you will learn about:

  • Deaf Interpreters—Past, Present, & Future

  • Ethnic & Cultural Diversity within the Deaf Community

  • Consumer Assessment—Identifying Culture, Language, and Communication Styles

  • Ethical Considerations and Challenges for Deaf Interpreters

  • Interpreting Theory & Practice for Deaf Interpreters

  • Business Practices

  • Deaf/Hearing & Deaf/Deaf Interpreter Teams

Why Deaf Interpreting?

  • Open doors to future employment opportunities through this rewarding experience.

  • Utilize your ASL skills

  • Support our community

This training is appropriate for Deaf Interpreters of all backgrounds who are currently working in the field.

For more information on the workshops, check:

To register for the training, contact Di Cinney at and Rupert Dubler at

Submit access requests to Di Cinney
by December 22, 2017:
(360) 338-3024 VP

Space is limited to 10 participants. You must be able to participate in all components of the training. Four seats will be held for working Deaf Interpreters who are members of marginalized communities (People of Color, LGBT, DeafBlind, and DeafPlus) until December 19, 2017.


Friday, 1/5 and 1/12               Saturday, Sunday  1/6, 7 and 1/12, 14

DeafBlind Service Center       Hearing Speech Deaf Center
1620 18th Ave, #200                1625 19th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122                  Seattle, WA 98122