At cSeeker, we love getting out and about and meeting deaf people as much as possible.
So we were particularly pleased to make our debut appearance last weekend at the eighth Deafab celebration, held this year in Manchester for the first time following on from previous successful events in Birmingham, Cardiff and Ireland.
Organised by volunteers and held in a different city every year, Deafab celebrates Deaf members of the LGBT community across the UK and Ireland.
We were there over two days in Manchester, handing out flyers and our sunglasses and speaking to as many attendees as we could. In particular, it was a pleasure to meet lots of young people, and some interpreters, and to be in Manchester. However, as it was such as social event, we were more interested in meeting people than going in for the hard sell.
Along with pub meets around Canal Street and a meal, one of the highlights of the weekend was the Saturday evening party, which included a raffle and a signed drag show at the AXM Club. We were also at places like the Bandit Mugger & Thief.
cSeeker co-founder and director Alex Orlov says: “Traditionally, Deaf people have often been excluded from drag shows and found it frustrating not to be able to follow them. So it was great to see so many Deaf people enjoying this event. And Deafab overall was incredibly positive.
“We had a superb weekend, and we’re looking forward to being back at Deafab next year – we’ll also be discussing how we can work more closely with the organisers through sponsorship and partnership.”
Photo: Alex Orlov