The on-going question we get are how many are here. We hunted down current RAD Treasurer Larry Pike for the answer. He said over 100 registrants. Exact number of won’t be known until the end of the conference when registration has closed.
The number of participants is definitely smaller than at some of the recent RAD conferences (Seattle 2001 had over 500 participants for instance). This is especially noticeable when you glance into the hotel lobby. There are people chatting and lingering about but normally by now, Deaf Queers would have taken over the entire hotel lobby and claimed it as their own. Despite this, there is no shortage of new faces. The conference also has an intimate feel to it which is actually kind of nice.
For those of you who may not be in the loop, there has been some controversy surrounding this conference. After nearly three and a half years of conference planning, the local host Peachtree Rainbow Deaf Society (PRDS) decided to terminate its role as conference host and sent refunds to those who had registered. Rather than cancel the conference outright, the RAD Board decided to step in and proceed with the conference. They basically pulled the conference together from scratch in less than six months time.
We’ll be interviewing representatives from PRDS to get a better understanding of what exactly happened as well as RAD President Bob Donaldson to get his view. Hopefully something can be learned from this unfortunate situation.
Note: We’re currently having technical difficulties with our photo editing software. More photos will be added as soon as we get this resolved. We know you’re all anxious to see all the hot guys and gals here. And yes, there are many 🙂