AUTHOR: Terry Galloway
PUBLISHER: Beacon Press
AWARDS: Golden Crown Literary Award for Short Story/Essay/Collections (Non-Erotica) (2010)
Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir
by Terry Galloway
In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed “child freak,” she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used theater, whether onstage or off, to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, she writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life.
Author Terry Galloway identifies as attracted to multiple genders. In an interview with Edge Media Network, Galloway said “Well see, yeah I’m a lesbian, but what’s the label for someone who is just sexual? I liked (and still would like) sex with the boys. But I was always falling in love with women. So that’s not exactly bisexual is it? Or is it?”
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