Close Up 2: June Smith

Teacher June Smith chats to Tessa Padden about life over the years.

Chat show. The second series of Close Up, the BSL Zone's in-depth interviews with well-known Deaf people. In this episode, June Smith, a BSL teacher and Deaf LGBT community leader, tells Tessa Padden about how the Deaf community reacted when she came out as a lesbian in the 1970s. She also talks about her life changing educational experiences at school and university. Produced by Bob Duncan and Dawn Marshall at Becoming Visible.

Watch other episodes of Close Up and our other chat shows here.

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  • It is wonderful to watched June Smith in her beautiful BSL. I still have good memories in my time at London in 1995 to 1996 with June and Frances.
    Thanks for your life stories I am sure many people in the world to watch you in the video.
    If you and frances plan go on holiday and maybe visit to Australia.
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  • Fascinating interview, has to be the best I've watched.  Hope June achieves her round the world cruise with her partner - she deserves it.
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  • Thank you for your story June, I didn't know about any of this. you are an inspiration to me and everyone who knows you. 
    Thank you BSL BT and Tessa -
    brilliant interview. 
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  • Well, I think this is best one interview I ever seen. Of course it was very emotional and tragic story. 
    I would praise June tell the world what was happened in her childhood to adulthood. It was impacted, definitely very powerful.
    I feel this video is very important to community especially young/adult women about rape. It doesn't matter how long or how many year, because there are some ethnic deaf women can relate - important thing to report police.
    Due all resoect her doing for LBGT as well.
    I couldn't even describe - very emotional.
    We are with you June Smith. 
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  • I am very proud of you June And agree all what you say. I remember you have had a hard life and unhappy school at Margate. I was very unhappy. I never receive good from teachers the same as you. You are the worse. It is good see you in Facebook video. Very very true what you say. Well done am so happy for you settle down and with Francis. Take care and hope to meet you one day.
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  • As a fellow student of June Smith,  it is both an honour and privilege to be taught by such an amazing woman. Her genuine love and passion for British sign language, has made many of her students continue from BSL level 1 to Trainee Sign Language Interpreters. I really enjoyed watching her on BSL Zone, as her life and  experiences were unfolded . She has a wonderful family that promotes the rich language of BSL in such a positive way.
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  • June Smith, a beautiful story about her life! My thumbs are up! am vrey proud to be her friend for many years!
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  • thankyou for this - what a wonderful rolemodel
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  • I am hearing and June taught me from Stage 1 over 16 years ago, to L3 more recently. She has sparked a passion for learning BSL and deaf culture in me and I am so happy and privileged to have met and be taught by her. She is an inspiration and amazing woman who deserves all the stars in the sky!
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