Our Committee Team

We started in 2018 as a Facebook group, and later that year the Deaf LGBTIQA+ website was established.  Since then, we have achieved a lot, changed our name to Deaf Rainbow UK and becoming a registered charity in November 2020 which you can find a list of our achievements. This would not have been possible without our amazing committee and volunteers giving their time to support Deaf Rainbow UK in its’ work.

Chairperson – Tammy Broskom

I’m a 3rd generation deaf native BSL user. I grew up in Bradford and now live in Nottingham with my deaf wife and two deaf cats. I came out as a lesbian when I was 21 years old.

Myself, I love making people laugh, I love watching series & films and I love food with good company – I’m a foodie! Also I love shopping till drop! I’m a sociable and caring person which ties into my role as a support worker for 18 years.

I have experience at being involved in organisations on the board level with various deaf clubs and am still one now, and at an interpreter agency. Previously has been with secretary for deaf football clubs/ local community.

I used to lead the annual Deaf Sisters event with two other women, organising a yearly weekend meet up for deaf lesbians in the UK. 

My aim is to develop more activities for queer women and also grassroots / youth, especially for midlands / north communities. Developing a social meet up for deaf queer women in the UK once again.

Treasurer – Arran Masterman

Hello you all, I’m a gay Londoner who has a huge passion for skiing –  I became a BSL ski instructor (and still teaching voluntary in my spare time) and love the madness of travelling the world (39 countries so far!). I am also a very sociable and ‘outdoor’ person, so I love to visit new places, meet new people and try out new food and new experiences.

Since coming out at the age of 18, I have already experienced both marriage and divorce at my young age… still have not reached 30! I previously worked in finance at National Deaf Children’s Society and I now work as an Enablement Officer at the same organisation, working to support young Deaf people and families. 

Since joining Deaf Rainbow UK I have taken on the role of Treasurer. I believe that Deaf Rainbow UK can make a difference in our deaf community and society generally. Also, I would love to meet other people who are LGBTQ+ anywhere – let’s meet and get to know each other.

Trustee – Chris Coles

I’m from Wales and I’m gay. I use both Spoken English and British Sign Language. I knew I was gay since secondary school but came out a little later when I was 20 back in 2003.

My passion is fashion, I’ve worked in the fashion industry for a number of years before changing my profession to management work. Most days you’re likely to find me on the high street, shopping around for fashion and eating out at wonderful restaurants. I also enjoy cooking and can easily make a delicious dessert at the drop of a hat.

When Deaf Cymru Pride started in Wales, I started to take an active interest in contributing my time to LGBTIQA organisations. Working with them was a great opportunity in creating accessible information and events for the Deaf Community. I wanted to expand on this so I volunteered myself to Deaf Rainbow UK committee hoping I will help to build a better future, especially for young deaf LGBT+.

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Trustee – William Everett

My name is William, I am Deaf, Gay, Neurodivergent and Drag Queen! I am a BSL user and use spoken English too.

I came out in 2015 when I was 20 while living in Wales, where I have lived for 11 years before moving to Dartford, Kent back in 2022.

While I was living in Wales, I was chair of Deaf Cymru Pride for 3 and half years. During my time in that organisation, I was recognised as one of top 40 for the most influential LGBTQIA+ person in Wales back in 2021 sitting on number 28 in PINC list on Wales Online and, I also was one of the finalists for Wales LGBTQ+ Champion/Initiative or Campaign of the Year in 2022!

I am a proud Comic Con nerd, I love reading books, learning something new all the time and I am also part time University student online whilst working full time. I live, breath and thrive on Rupaul Drag Race hoping one day I will have that opportunity to appear on the show!

I am passionate about making events accessible for Deaf LGBTQIA community, allowing them to have their moments to shine, be their true selves, create a safe space and organise events that are great for all!

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