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WORCESTERSHIRE DEAF CHARITY LEADING THE WAY IN PRIDE SIGNING

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Date: 25/06/2018

A Worcestershire based charity aims to support the deaf and hard of hearing community during Pride month 2018. Deaf Direct, a charity based in Worcestershire has created a British Sign Language (BSL) video guide to the various terms that might be needed during Pride celebrations.

The video came about after charity volunteer William saw a group in America that had created an American Sign Language version and wanted to replicate the same for this country. The video, which has been viewed over 36,000 times so far, teaches viewers various BSl signs such as gay, lesbian, drag and straight and hopes to open up Pride celebrations going on across the UK to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

Simon Sanders, Fundraising Manager for Deaf Direct said ‘We had a great time filming this video for Pride and we didn’t expect such a big reaction to the video! The deaf and hard of hearing community can often feel isolated and left out, feelings that can often be shared by the LGBTQ community, and it would be great to make Pride events even more accessible than they already are, and bring the two communities even closer together!’

The video has already made a positive impact, with people commenting to find out more about various terms, contacting the organisation to find out more about British Sign Language courses and people sharing the video in readiness for Pride celebrations.

If you would like to find out more about Deaf Direct, their training courses, or how they can support you please visit www.deafdirect.org.uk or to view the BSL video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VR-Fkxr058