The idea of having a Deaf Lesbian Festival (DLF) was originated at the Deaf Women United (DWU) conference in Rochester in 1997. There were several special interest groups during the conference and one was for Deaf Lesbians. We discussed what the women wished to see and one of them was a gathering.
In 1998, Marilyn Smith of Seattle, Washington made it a reality. She hosted the first festival. It was such a success that one was hosted in Provincetown, Massachusett in 2000. Washington, DC then hosted one in 2004 (there was nothing in 2002 because of the Deaf Way II). Austin, Texas then hosted one in 2006. Then in San Francisco, California hosted in 2008. Long Island, New York then hosted in 2010. Chicago, Illniois then hosted one in 2012. All the festivals were successful and Deaf Lesbians wanted to make it a bi-annual event. There will be one in 2013 in Beligum and in 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona as well as in 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Let's create more HERstory!!!
The mission of Deaf Lesbian Festival is to
provide a nurturing space for multicultural
Deaf Lesbians to gather, build networks,
share emotional support and expand knowledge
about civil rights, health, leadership, and