Meet Gabriel “Gab” Silva, the Face of CSD


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Gab represents the One World that CSD is working towards: Vibrant, soulful, compassionate, and inquisitive.

“Without you, there’s no us. Without us, there’s no we.”

– Gabriel “Gab” Silva

“Growing up, I felt like I never belonged,” Gab recalls. “I am half Puerto Rican and half Cape Verdean; I am half Latinx and half Black. On the Puerto Rican side of my family, I felt as if I didn’t belong fully because I don’t speak Spanish. On the Cape Verdean side of my family, I felt as if I didn’t belong fully because my skin color was light.”

Gab continues, “When I became Deaf* at age 2, doctors told my parents not to teach me Spanish because learning three languages (Spanish, English, and ASL) would ‘confuse’ me. My identity as a Deaf person isn’t clear-cut – I’m somewhere in between. I am queer. Some days I’m masculine. Some days I add a touch of femininity. Some days I express myself in drag. I am a proud human being, and even prouder of my gender flexibility. Furthermore, I’m a father of an amazing, loving, and delightful son.”

Gab drives home this point: “I’ve found my light and embrace who I am today.”

The Face of CSD, Gabriel “Gab” Silva

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