"It's honestly more comfortable for me to be completely deaf," the artist says. "It's more natural to me."
The actor and writer's one-man play, Hi, Are You Single?, tackles rejection in the gay community.
The Ford and Mellon Foundations invest in queer disabled cultural creatives.
Maria Town, president of the American Association of People with Disabilities, says disability is not a sign of weakness.
The record-breaking lesbian athlete died on a solo rowing journey across the Pacific, but she leaves behind one hell of a legacy.