Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-10-11
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

BOOK REVIEW Mean Little deaf Queer
by Tracy Baim
2009-11-04

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Written by Terry Galloway $23.95; Beacon Press; , 248 pages

"No holds barred" is the best phrase I can come up with to describe writer/performer Terry Galloway. On stage and in her new memoir, Mean Little deaf Queer, Galloway is truly a force of nature—full of passion, anger and mostly a resolve to live life to its fullest, no matter the consequences.

Galloway is coming to Chicago for several signings and performances this month, including Nov. 11 at Women & Children First Bookstore, and Nov. 15 at Victory Gardens Theater, performing her piece Out All Night and Lost My Shoes, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the history of disability performance.

I have read a lot of LGBT memoirs over the years, but few have been as brutally honest as Mean Little deaf Queer. Even the title is an in-your-face claiming of Galloway's fight for her right to live a creative life despite all the doors slammed in her face. And the little "d" in "deaf" is also on purpose, as the book addresses the issues that embroil the deaf/Deaf communities over identity, with Galloway's own deafness, which came on gradually when she was a child, viewed against the other forms of deafness. Her book addresses the controversial aspects of surgical responses to some forms of hearing loss, and her own decision to have surgery.

I first met Galloway recently during the Austin, Texas, screening of Hannah Free. We share a mutual friend in her native Texas, and I sent Galloway the script for the film ahead of time since the festival was not providing interpreters. Galloway is a lip reader, and Hannah Free is a hard film to understand that way. Galloway had also agreed to move her booksigning to the next day, to avoid competing with the film, so I attended her event at the crowded women's bookstore in Austin. This was no normal book-reading; it was a book performance, with Galloway thoroughly engaging her fans.

Her fearless performance certainly made me uncomfortable, as does her book, but in a good way. She does not hold back about her own "bad" behavior as a child and adult, and it serves her story very well. An autobiography can sometimes seem sugar coated, but Galloway wants us to understand her completely, and I feel by the end of the book I do "get" her more than most writers who pick and choose the best of their lives to showcase.

Mean Little deaf Queer starts with Galloway's childhood, much of it spent in Germany where her father was a spy for the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps after World War II. She learned a lot about the "other" in a country full of fear and death. She started to experience visions, and slowly began to lose her hearing, as a result of medication given to her mother at a U.S. military hospital. As a child coping with the awful-looking devices meant to help her eyesight and hearing issues, she started to develop her performing skills, including a fake drowning to get attention and sympathy.

Her queerness, too, was with Galloway as a youngster, as she played with the boys and was intimidated by the girls. She again holds nothing back in writing about her young adult years, speaking of her frequent sleeping around with both genders, and her love of many gay men who died of AIDS-related complications.

Of her sexual escapades, Galloway writes: "One side effect of my deafness is that I'm always presuming a physical intimacy, usually where there is none. … I can't tell you the number of ill-conceived affairs I've had as an adult that started with me putting my hand on someone's collarbone ( which conducts sound like a hollow reed ) and fastening my gaze on their lips as if it were all I could do not to bite. It was an inadvertent pickup technique I ought to have found ( but didn't ) shameful and misleading."

While in Austin, Galloway helped found the still-famous Esther's Follies, a wacky troupe that does just about anything on stage. And from Galloway's telling, she did just about anything offstage as well.

Galloway's ability to tell a story, to lead you from one interesting event to the next, is wonderful, and the book is very well edited. I highly recommend Mean Little deaf Queer for those who fit any of those words, and especially for those who don't.

Galloway will be in Chicago with her long-time partner in life and art, Donna Marie Nudd, who is a native of the Chicago area.

Galloway's Chicago-area appearances:

—Wed., Nov. 11: Women and Children First Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., reading of Mean Little deaf Queer and signing

—Friday, Nov, 13: Access Living, An Evening with Terry Galloway ( performance, reading, videos )

—Sunday, Nov. 15: Victory Gardens, Out All Night and Lost My Shoes, 7:30 p.m., part of the theater's Fresh Squeezed series, 2433 N. Lincoln, $20 advance, $25 day of, 773-871-3000, www.victorygardens.org

—Monday, Nov. 16: University of Illinois, Chicago, An Afternoon with Terry Galloway ( performance, reading, videos ) , 12:30 p.m., at U of I Chicago

—Monday, Nov. 16: University of Illinois at Chicago, Videos from The Mickee Faust Club's Gimp Parade ( a compilation of disability-themed video shorts ) and a talk-back

Note: Upcoming Victory Gardens Fresh Squeezed performers include Michael Kearns Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., doing his solo show intimacies. Kearns is Hollywood's first openly gay actor and also has spoken out about living with HIV. On Dec. 7, look for An Evening with Charles Busch and Julie Halston: the original Vampire Lesbians of Sodom are together again. Next year, Tim Miller returns to Chicago, along with Holly Hughes, in March.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

BOOK REVIEW 'You're in the Wrong Bathroom!' And 20 Other Myths... 2017-10-17
BOOKS New collection shows spectrum of LGBTQ talent 2017-10-17
THE AMAZON TRAIL Happy hours 2017-10-11
Sandberg Awards Oct. 11 at The Forum 2017-10-09
Author of trans-focused children's book opens Safe Schools Symposium 2017-10-09
BOOKS Self-made woman: Talking with Denise Chanterelle Dubois 2017-10-09
MOMBIAN Showcasing images, experiences of people with LGBTQ parents 2017-10-04
BOOKS New memoir reveals Armistead Maupin's true tales of the city 2017-10-04
BOOK REVIEW The Gay Preacher's Wife 2017-10-03
Kenny Fries and Susan Nussbaum at Access Living Oct. 12 2017-10-03
LGBT HISTORY MONTH Stonewall strong 2017-10-02
Cupich invites author of LGBT book for Chicago talk 2017-10-02
Initiative launched to chronicle LGBTQ+ community, history 2017-09-30
Sixth Annual Chicago Book Expo to features First Chicago Architecture Book Festival 2017-09-27
Belmont Rocks project planned 2017-09-27
'UnMasked' going into gold edition 2017-09-27
Banned Books Week, through Sept. 30, celebrates power of words 2017-09-27
Women & Children First Books to host October ticketed events, author talks 2017-09-26
Speakers announced For Chicago Ideas Week Oct. 16-22 2017-09-08
Downers Grove council ousts library trustee after alleged anti-LGBT remarks 2017-09-06
Downers Grove pol moves to oust Library Board member after anti-gay remarks 2017-09-02
West Chicago library votes to keep LGBT book 2017-08-29
Women & Children First Books hosts authors, book groups in September 2017-08-28
Civil Liberties writing, performance workshop to planned by Goodman, Alphawood 2017-08-25
BOOKS Author explores truth about friend's death 2017-08-23
'Own voices' panel on LGBTQIA mystery writing Sept. 28 2017-08-23
Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers to be honored with Carl Sandburg awards Oct. 11 2017-08-18
BOOK REVIEW Beast 2017-08-09
BOOKS Achy Obejas talks 'The Tower of the Antilles' 2017-08-09
BOOKS Riki Wilchins discusses trans movement memoir 2017-08-09
BOOKS Lillian Faderman: Trailblazer reflects on her legacy 2017-08-02
BOOK REVIEW The Ada Decades 2017-08-02
BOOK REVIEW The Book of Love and Hate 2017-08-02
BOOK REVIEW The Last 2017-08-02
Local author/historian Owen Keehnen out with two new novels 2017-07-31
Andersonville hosting new shopping series 2017-07-26
Alison Cuddy named CHF head 2017-07-26
BOOKS Biography spotlights poet Elizabeth Bishop's queer past 2017-07-26
Five Worth Finding: Invasion of the Pines book, culinary Gauguin special and more 2017-07-25
BOOK Raising the Transgender Child 2017-07-19
 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.