I developed QueerBFF for those of us in the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Community and our straight allies looking for platonic relationships. QueerBFF is so much more than a social networking app, and will change the way people meet.
One day I was watching a television interview with Laverne Cox, Emmy nominated, transgender actress and LGBTQ+ advocate. As I listened to her speak about Trans rights, I thought to myself, "Where do people in the Trans Community go to meet other Trans people and allies?" As a tech minded millennial, I was dumbfounded. I realized there were no social networking apps for anybody in the LGBTQ+ Community to meet likeminded peers. I, myself, have always struggled to meet other LGBTQ+ friends without going to a night club or bar. It was at that moment I decided that I needed to do my part to help change that.
While we in the LGBTQ+ Community celebrate the progress on legal and social acceptance, the rates of depression, loneliness and substance abuse remain stagnant. According to Huffington Post Highline, we are between 2 and 10 times more likely than our straight peers to take our own lives, and we are twice as likely to have a major depressive episode. It is still dangerously alienating to go through life as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. To make matters worse, the current presidential administration is attempting to reverse every single gain the LGBTQ+ community has made in the last two decades. The negative message this sends to us in the Community—especially the youngest ones, struggling with their identity—could not be more terrifying.
We keep waiting for the moment when we feel like we are not different from other people. The fact is, we are different, and it’s about time we love and embrace that. Let’s create a community that will help us bond and grow with each other and our straight allies.
If you would like more information, please contact me at Ruben@QueerBFF.com.
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