August 13, 2019
Hello I’m Rogan and welcome. Today I wanted to give you some queer signs. You probably already know that from the title. Future Rogan here! While I was editing, I realized that the intro is long, so if you want jump to the signs only, I’ll put a timecode right there. I will also put a list of words that I sign and when they appear in the description below. Back to past me! I will just throw out as—I have a list, but I will just throw them out as I go. I’ll add my thoughts about that sign, or expand on it, or whatever. I have quite a few words here. Some are confirmed signs, some have signs but either the community doesn’t like the sign, or I’m not comfortable with that sign. Not uncomfortable, but I don’t really like that sign. Some are suggestions from me. I know there will be many words not on this list that I didn’t say, because I don’t have a sign for it yet. This book has SO many words in it. I didn’t even know about a lot of them so I… I don’t even HAVE a sign for them because I never knew about them! So… Just keep that in mind as we go through this video. Before I continue, I want to add I did get some of this information from a video that I will link below and up there. It has some signs that I didn’t know the history of, so that was good to know. I will give some of the history here too but if you want to see the original…see link. Okay, first word. [QUEER flashes on screen as Rogan does a grand gesture] The most important word! Queer. That. It’s simple, [queer signed like rainbow]. I know many people spell queer, and I’m fine with that. I personally sign [queer] because it’s easier. I don’t want to spell queer all the time so [queer]. Asexual is just spelled. Or [fingerspelling a-c-e] for short, that’s what many in the community use as an abbreviation. [a-c-e]. Simply [a-c-e]. Bisexual. Okay. This word…has a whole list, several options for a sign. I don’t like any of them. I just do [fingerspelling b-i]. [b-i] Just that, [b-i]. Bye! No, [b-i]. I will show you a few signs that I’ve seen for this word, but just know that I personally don’t like them. Some of these signs are from Europe, that I saw in Europe. Some…South America? I’m not sure, it’s a blur—from all over the world. Some are definitely from the States. [bisexual-alternating] Ehhhh [gesturing no]. That suggests two, this and that, that’s it. No, there’s more than that. [bisexual-switching] Again, no. Two—there’s more than two. To clarify, two genders. I’ve seen some people do [bstraight-i] I feel ehhh about this, because this is the sign for straight, so… [bstraight-i] [straight] is a little unclear. You could almost mistake it as straight, so no. Bis aren’t straight. Another sign, a really really awful sign. I forbid anyone from using this. [bisexes] NO. NO! Why? That sign is based off the sign for sex, biological sex. [sex] [bisexes] which means two sexes. Ahhh no. Don’t use it. So just keep it simple—[b-i]. Next word – cisgender. Just [fingerspelling c-i-s]. [c-i-s]. Next word is not one, but two words. Coming out. [coming-out] The concept behind the sign is simple. The sign for closet is [closet, shows various signs for closet]. Some people still sign this one, some don’t. But [closet turned down, hanger/hook coming out]. So the C becomes the closet, and the X (or hanger/hook) is leaving, coming out of the closet. Simple. Next is technically four but—never mind. [drag queen/drag king] [drag queen] [drag king] You can clearly see why it’s signed that way. [drag queen] is because of the big hair, [drag queen]. And king, [drag king] is because of the mustache, the fake drawn-on one, [drag king]. Gay. This is an interesting word because many people prefer to just spell [g-a-y]. It’s easy to spell so there’s part of the reason why people just spell it. Also, it’s partly because some people prefer not to sign the actual sign. [the actual sign – gay] It’s a G touching the chin. You can see why people don’t want to sign that. The next word is one that I’m still struggling with, you’ve seen me mention it before. I’m still struggling with this word—gender. I’ve seen people sign [gender-sex], [gender-sex on hand]. I don’t like those because that’s still focused on the binary, I don’t want the binary, so what do I do?! One person suggested signing [gender-personal]. Kind of like personality, character, inner being, [g-personal]. I don’t know because of the G, I want to get rid of it. Personality, character, I know I know, but anyway. So [g-personal] is possible…but I don’t know. If you have any ideas of a good sign for gender, WITHOUT the binary, let me know. I’m going to expand a little more on gender. Gender identity (ugh at the i in identity). I’ll give you some other countries’ sign for that word, identity. [identity, Finnish] [identity, French] like a thumbprint, [identity-F]. I know more, but I can’t remember the other signs for identity so I’ll just go with those two. Gender expression. [expression] What’s your gender expression? Or… Do you express as masculine, or do you express as feminine? That. Genderfluid. There has been some discussion about a sign, [gender-spectrum], like a spectrum. But I’m not sure about [fluid] because… It’s not necessarily from one to another. It could be moving up, down, all around. So [fluid], [transit], [smooth], [changing]. All suggestions. Genderqueer. [gender-rainbow], maybe? You could kind of sign it the same way as fluid, maybe. That depends on what your kind of queer is. Because it could be similar, changing, but it could be completely detached from the binary concept of male and female. Completely detached, just queer. So that really depends on the person themself. Intersex. The sign is [i-x], i and x, [i-x] This is from that video I linked below. A person who is actually intersex came up with that sign, so… But I ask this, did this person come up with it and decide that was the sign? What if other intersex people don’t agree with this sign? So I don’t know. That is what we know of right now, [i-x]. Lesbian. I don’t know about this one because this is the same problem as gay, [lesbian]. I know I see—the video linked below, I watched it and I don’t really agree with it but… Lesbian supposedly means “femme” because of lipstick, [lesbian], and strong [lesbian] (for butch). I…no. I think it should just be lesbian, or spelled. Because some people don’t feel comfortable with signing lesbian. I totally understand that, I support that. So… [shoulder dance] How else to sign this instead of [lesbian] or spelling it? But. There is that sign. Pansexual. [fingerspelling p-a-n]. [open to any gender], [broad attraction], [attract-all], [attract-broad]. [p-a-n] is simplest, [p-a-n]. The next two are separate words, but are kind of—they can be related, they can be not. Romantic orientation and sexual orientation, or sexuality. [attracted, meaning sexuality] to what? Romantic [attraction]. Last, but not least important, is transgender. [transgender]. In the video I linked, he mentioned that the sign came from another country. I don’t know which one, the video doesn’t say, he doesn’t know either. But that sign came from another country. The sign [trans] is for who you are on the inside, [trans]. Another sign related to that is [transitioning]. [thinks he messed up the first fingerspelling, spells again] [transitioning] as in FtM, MtF, transitioning. That is my list. I’m sure there are other words I could have a sign for or just didn’t think of. But that’s a good starting place. If more signs appear, I will be sure to add them in a future video. One thing I just remembered that I want to add. I have posted in ASL That! asking about signs, ideas for signs for a few words, and… [text on screen: crickets] Yeah. I feel that… that group is not ready yet for this. I think part of that maybe because queer terms are still kind of new in mainstream society. So it still hasn’t really become widespread, popular. Like obviously, trans, bi, gay, lesbian, straight, cis, have signs for them. But the more “obscure” words, or not as often-used words still don’t have signs for them because they aren’t common. They’re not common in mainstream society so therefore, they’re even less common in the Deaf community. Although I do feel like there’s a higher percentage of queer people in the Deaf community than mainstream society. I’m rambling now so I’m going to stop signing, and thanks for watching. Don’t forget, I have Patreon and ko-fi, links are below. Also social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter—links below. If you enjoyed this video, and want to see more, don’t forget to subscribe! 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