The goal of this presentation is to address critical issues of gender identities and sexual orientations within American society and to discuss them in relation to interpreter education and the provision of interpreting services. This presentation shares research, conducted by Alex Jackson Nelson and Tamar Jackson Nelson involving people who identify as Deaf, deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and/or Intersex (GLBTQI). These individuals were interviewed about their linguistic options and choices, and the results of this research illustrate that linguistic choices within the community vary, and are an important element for consumers of interpreting services. Participants will analyze GLBTQI terminology and how decisions about vocabulary choices can impact the outcome of the target language message. The presenter will provide a framework for practitioners and interpreter educators to assess their interpreting and teaching practices with regard to language usage surrounding marginalized communities.
Tamar Jackson Nelson