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Life during COVID challenges LGBTQ deaf people

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Whether when he lived in San Francisco or after moving to New York City, Martin Greenberg could always rely on strangers he encountered on the street to help him navigate either city.

As a deaf, legally blind gay man, he would carry a written out message asking people for help, for instance, crossing the street.But when COVID-19 emerged in early 2020, and New York City went into lockdown, Greenberg found it near impossible to leave his East Village apartment.

If he did, he would often be the only person out on the streets of Manhattan, with no one to provide him assistance. Those he did encounter didn't want to take his arm, preferring to remain socially distanced."I still go to the gym; I go to the YMCA.

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