How to sign ‘gay’ or ‘queer’? American Sign Language users don’t agree.

Languages around the world are changing rapidly to become more inclusive of LGBTQ+ identities.

But for people who use American Sign Language, finding a visual and conceptual way to represent an inner identity can be complicated, and in some cases, there’s still not a clear consensus on which sign is best.

“With signs related to identity, it’s personal, and it’s hard to find one sign that works for everyone,” said Julie A. Hochgesang, a Deaf linguist and professor at Gallaudet University in Northeast Washington.

The Washington Post asked several members of the Deaf queer community to demonstrate how ASL is evolving.

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