February 1, 2024

How Do You Say Gay in Sign Language?

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If you're learning sign language, it's good to familiarize yourself with LGBTQ-related terms. It can help increase accessibility between deaf LGBTQ people and can also allow you to have more meaningful conversations.

But how do you say gay in sign language? The word is quite simple, and can be signed in a variety of ways. One way is to keep your hand flat and stretch out your middle finger (a sign known as an "open 8") to your forehead, moving it to the back of your head. Another way is to make an open 8 on your chin and flick it in an outward movement. And as with most queer signs, you can fingerspell the word "queer" for clarity.

This is just one of many LGBTQ-related terms that are becoming more commonplace in the deaf community. While the deaf LGBTQ community still has a long way to go in reclaiming their identities from oppressive societies, the movement toward more LGBTQ-related sign vocabulary is a step in the right direction. So if you're curious about how do you say gay in sign language, take the time to learn it and incorporate it into your communication with deaf LGBTQ peers.


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