As deaf LGBTQ people gain confidence in their sexual identities, learning queer vocabulary is empowering and can increase accessibility. But it can be difficult to know what is the best way to say your gay in sign language. In this article, we will discuss two common ways to say your gay in BSL (British Sign Language).
One way is to make a fist with the thumb resting on the palm. Then, move the thumb a few times right and left while saying 'gay' as you do so. Another way is to put your dominant hand flat and extend the thumb up like a "thumbs-up" gesture while saying the word 'gay' as you do it. Regardless of which version you choose, be sure to keep a lovely smile while communicating. Smiles can help to connect people more than any other gesture, and can ensure that your signs do not accidentally become offensive.