New site for LGBT deaf people in the works

New site for LGBT deaf people in the works

May 10, 2010

It can be pretty difficult to find some place other than a bar to find and
connect with other LGBT people, especially if you don’t live in a city big
enough to have an organized LGBT community of some sort.

And it can be even more difficult for LGBT people with special circumstances
— like being deaf.

Michael Bamford, founder of Frisky Factory LLC, said he learned that lesson
after meeting Martin Richie, a fashion model from Austin who was on the
Oxygen Channel reality show “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” who
talked about how his own community — the community of deaf LGBT people — was
socially isolated.

So Bamfield has created, a website that “allows the gay deaf
community (in all English-speaking countries) and their supporters to
interact through a ‘Live Chat’ function, as well as e-mail,” according to a
press release about the new site.

The statement says the site, intended to launch this spring, will soon add a
video-conferencing function that “will allow the deaf and hearing
populations to directly communicate without sign language, in English.” It
will also include a search function that allows users to find men or women
with common interests in a specific geographical area.”

I checked this morning and the site still has the “coming soon” announcement
up, with a place for you to sign up to receive e-mail updates on its

I don’t know exactly when Bamford will have the site up and running full
blast, but I do know that if it’s done right, it could be a lifeline for
people who have for too long been left lonely, isolated and, as Bamford
said, left behind.


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