SIGN LANGUAGE RIGHTS FOR DEAF LGBTIQA+
wfdeaf.org
Sep 28, 2019

Today is the 6th day of the International Week of the Deaf and today’s theme is ‘Sign Language Rights For LGBTQIA+.’ Today focuses on the empowerment of such individuals through Sign language.

Today is the 6th day of the International Week of the Deaf and today’s theme is ‘Sign Language Rights For LGBTQIA+’ What does LGBTQIA+ mean? ‘L’ stands for Lesbian, ‘G’ for Gay, ‘T’ for Transgender, ‘Q’ for Queer,’I’for Intersex and ‘A’ for Asexual.The LGBTQIA+ is a community of all these people. You all must be wondering what does the + stand for, the plus is added to show that all types of people will be included and welcomed in the community and nobody feels left out. People in the LGBTQIA+ have many different identities. There are many who are Deaf as well. A Deaf person’s identity is inclusive of their Gender and their sexuality as well. LGBTQIA+ community celebrate the yearly pride event all over the world. Deaf individuals take part in the event as well. 

The Indian LGBTQIA+ community in India faces many problems in the society and aren’t treated equally. This is the same for Deaf as well. Sign Language is their right as well. Sign Language will help them understand their deaf identity better and it will empower them. Many Deaf individuals who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community are afraid to be open about their sexual identity in public. Some feel ashamed, some are afraid of families and society. If they say the truth, families and friends disown them.  On top of all this, no accessibility and lack of sign language makes things worse. 

Deaf communities should make sure that LGBTIQA+ people are included in their social events. If anyone is advocating about Deaf rights, the LGBTQIA+ must also be included.