Okay, I frequently get asked the same questions. So! If you have a question not already on this FAQ, just ask me!
Q. You're really deaf?
Q. When did you became deaf?
A. At the age of one. I got that meningitis
thing and ended up with a super-fever that fried my inner ears. Including the balance mechanisms, and I had to get physical therapy to work on my sense of balance. But it could be worse. At the time the doctor said I wouldn't walk again, but I walk just fine today.
Q. Can you read lips?
A. I cannot read lips (or actually speak English) despite having taken classes in it for years back in school.
Q. Do you know sign language?
A. Yes. American Sign Language and written English are my two native languages.
Q. What kind of school did you go to?
A. For all my years in school, I went to the American School for the Deaf, a regional deaf school in West Hartford, Connecticut. However, I took a few classes in public schools now and then.
Q. How are you able to discern what the other characters in your dream are saying? Do they speak in sign language? Is it ever possible for your experience sound in you dreams?
A. I don't remember ever experiencing sound. My deafness rarely comes into play in my dreams, though, and I actually don't dream in sign language that often. Possibly because my main communication medium's the written word. People (including me) in my dreams speak, but they speak in telepathy, not in sound.
Q. You're a transsexual? Which direction?
A. Male to female (MTF). For those who don't know what that means, I was born biologically male, and desire to change to biologically female. I'm currently taking hormonal treatments.
Q. Do you have an alarm clock? How does it work?
A. It vibrates. To expand upon that explanation, the clock plugs in via a wire trailing under the mattress to a little disc whose only function is to vibrate. Very powerfully. There's also a flashing light option, but I usually just use the vibration. It's quite... sufficient.
...There're a lot, LOT more questions people've asked me, about transsexuality and deafness and other general weirdnesses, but I can't recall them right now. But questions asked in replies to this post will be added to this FAQ. I intend to eventually expand it into a complete "Everything people frequently ask about me that I'm willing to answer" resource for my own convenience of linking people to.
So, go ahead, comment away.
Also, you might find it useful to peruse my tags deafspace
, though my deafness tag has far more informative entries. I seem to talk a lot more about my deafness and the issues related to it on this journal than about transsexuality. Part of it might be that the people reading my Livejournal're generally more familiar with transsexuals (and transgenders) than they are with deaf people.