Last year I won the title Mr. Bearscots at the Bearscots weekend in Edinburgh, and I am the first Deaf man to win it! I had a great time and was able to take part and be included because I had access to a British Sign Language Interpreter who helped me to communicate, express myself and make myself understood. Winning Mr. Bearscots means I am now entered into the Mr. Bear Europe contest, and I can’t wait to go and represent Bearscots and hopefully win!
Unfortunately, the organisers of Mr. Bear Europe are unable to support me by providing access to a British Sign Language interpreter because they do not have the funding to do so. Without a BSL interpreter I won’t be able to take part in the competition as I will be unable to understand the other people there because they don’t use Sign Language. This would place me at an unfair disadvantage as I wouldn’t understand what people are saying and would not be fully included alongside the other hearing contestants. This is where I need your help!
There is a registered BSL Interpreter here in the UK who is has very generously offered to help me at the event by interpreting for me free of charge, providing I am able to pay for her travel and accommodation.
When I won Mr. Bearscots I wanted to show people that being a Deaf Sign Language user should not be a barrier to success and achieving great things! I was so honoured to have won and would like to compete for this next title to further show what Deaf people can achieve, and campaign for improved access for Deaf/ Hard of Hearing people at LGBTQ+ events.
So please, if you are able, help me continue my journey towards Mr. Bear Europe by making a small donation to help me pay for my BSL interpreters’ accommodation and travel to join me in Lyon. I really appreciate that money can be tight, so even the smallest donation would really be appreciated and help me reach my goal.
- Soen Trueman
- William Stavert
- Grant Peddie
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