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Historical moment for the Deaf Community as the BSL Bill has passed its 3rd reading!

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

Yes, yes and again YES! The BSL Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons unopposed!

Last Friday 18th March, coinciding with the 19th anniversary of BSL Recognition Day as an official minority language of the UK, we witnessed this historical moment and a massive step forward for the Deaf community and BSL users everywhere.


Trafalgar Square was crowded, and we all enjoyed of an amazing atmosphere, wonderful speakers, including the appearance of Rose Ayling-Ellis, winner of Strictly Come Dancing, Ms Cooper and Ms Smith, all surrounded by the best of vibes.



British Sign Language (BSL) is a step closer to being officially recognised as a language in England, and now the Bill will be presented in the House of Lords today, with Lord Holmes of Richford introducing the proposed legislation to peers.

If the Bill passes into law, a BSL Act would mark a positive step forward for the Deaf community in Britain in terms of the recognition and wider public awareness of their language.


UPDATE: The BSL Bill is set to have its second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 25th March with politicians able to debate and discuss the “key principles and main purpose of a Bill” and to suggest amendments.

Watch the thrilling moment when David Buxton, chair of the British Deaf Association and founder of the BSL Act Now campaign, confirms to the crowd that the BSL Bill passed through the Commons unopposed:





 


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