About Us

Left to Right: Tim Amundson, Daniel Mansfield, Steve Niven


Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (NWRAD) established on July 25, 1981. It all began with Daniel Mansfield of Seattle, WA. He attended his first gay convention for the Deaf in San Francisco, CA in June of 1981. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to establish a chapter in the Pacific Northwest.


Daniel contacted and invited Deaf gay and lesbians from Oregon and Washington states, and British Columbia (Canada) to his beach cabin at LaConner, Washington, the weekend of 25 July of 1981. Twenty-five people came and had a lot of fun. Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf was born and new officers were elected. The first officers of NWRAD were Daniel Mansfield, President; Tim Amundson of Portland, Oregon, Vice-President; and Steve Niven of Vancouver, British Columbia, Secretary-Treasurer.


Business meeting are held quarterly rotating between two major metropolitans: Vancouver, Washington and Seattle, Washington. Educational workshop and a social event are held at each business meeting. Newsletters are submitted every 6 months with special summer edition. Email list for e-group announcements was established to keep members and friends informed of various events in the Pacific Northwest.


NWRAD had been representing members from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), Washington and Oregon. The membership grew and grew. Vancouver, BC formed their chapter called British Columbia Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (BCRAD) effective April 2000.

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