Sunday, June 9: Parallel Oppression Between the Deaf Queer & Queer Communities

pridefest_milwaukee_ericmurphySee this insightful panel at the Stonewall Stage on Sunday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Within the deaf and hearing queer communities, there are number of parallels between being deaf and being queer. Hear deaf LGBTQ panelists share their personal experiences, which often push them towards invisibility.

The goal is to encourage the hearing queer community to become an ally to the deaf community, helping raise social awareness about the deaf culture, deaf identity and gender identities and to overcome communication barriers.

Panelists include:

Eric Murphy

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Occupation: American Sign Language Teacher, K-12 Education

Education: Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

“I identify as cisgender gay man. My hobbies include making art, fashion, acting, and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.”


Sarah Janicek

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Hometown: Cudahy, Wisconsin

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Sports Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

“I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, my fiancee and our “pack” (three dogs a cat)! I love doing anything that has to do with the outdoors. I have a huge passion for sled dogs and have been working as a volunteer dog handler for Door County Sled Dogs. Recently, I spent ten days in the Yukon Territory of Canada where I performed volunteer work for 2019 Yukon Quest: The 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race. I enjoy meeting new people in and outside of Deaf and LGBTQ community.”



Josephine Krueger

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Occupations: Adjunct Professor and American Sign Language Teacher

Education: Current Graduate Student at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

“I was born deaf and adopted by deaf parents. I grew up in Northern California. I graduated from Fremont School for the Deaf in Fremont, CA. I am currently a graduate student at Gallaudet University. I teach American Sign Language. I have seven pets; three snakes, two sugar gliders, one lizard, and one dog.”


Ash Radonski

Pronouns: They/Them

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Occupation: Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator.

Education: Rochester Institute of Technology and Waukesha County Technical College

“I identify myself as genderqueer. My hobbies include water sports, cooking, pouring latte art, hosting events, traveling, and spending quality time with my furry friends, families, and friends. I played football for Wisconsin Warriors in the past. I volunteer at the Milwaukee Art Museum because I enjoy doing art and supporting the arts.”