Disability Pride Month Twitch streamer campaign • Eurogamer.net
Twitch streamers have started campaigning for Disability Pride Month on the platform.
The streaming platform has previously run awareness campaigns for various communities, including Pride Month, Black History Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month.
Yet Twitch has never promoted disability in the same way. Streamers want that to change.
A new post on the UserVoice forum from streamer QueerlyBee says the lack of a homepage feature for creators with disabilities is “a big missed opportunity”.
“Being a content creator as a person with a disability adds a whole host of additional challenges, such as navigating algorithms that promote consistency with inconsistent bodies. Finding games and programs that are accessible to us for streaming, etc. “, they say.
“I would love to see Twitch elevate hardworking creators with disabilities by also having a Disability Pride Month and showcasing creators with disabilities like they do with Black History Month, AAPI Month, LGBTQIA+ month, etc.”
I made a user voice to encourage @tic to introduce a month to elevate and showcase disabled content creators with front page team and features like they do for many other identities??
— ????bee (they) ????? (@QueerlyBee) January 18, 2022
So far, the post has received over 350 votes in a single day.
A number of disability tags were added last year as part of the community tags covering gender, sexual orientation, race, and more. It certainly improved discoverability on the platform.
However, a month-long celebration would be a positive step towards greater disability representation on the platform.
“Disabled streamers having Twitch as an accessible platform (hopefully to an increasing degree) is something that should be celebrated. I hope to find and meet others if this materializes,” said a commenter on the UserVoice post.
“People with disabilities are often left out of the narrative when we discuss marginalized communities and Twitch is the perfect place to showcase and uplift these creators. There are intersections from all walks of life who are disabled and offer different perspectives and you always find their streams are the most important thing: safe and accessible,” reads another.
You can read and vote on the post on the UserVoice Platform.