LGBT and trying to come out to your folks? Try it anonymously
DURGA M SENGUPTA/Pahichan – It’s not easy coming to terms with the fact that you’re not ‘straight’ in a hetero-normative world. It’s harder still to then come out of the closet you’ve inhabited for years and tell the people who matter.
‘Coming out’, a process that already involves an enormous amount of trepidation, gets harder to handle when the chances of a negative outcome are high. But now there’s a way to eliminate that stress, making it easier for one to decide if it really is worth coming out to someone or not. After all, the choice needs to rest with the queer individual and not society.
You’re Accepted is a website and smartphone app that caters to two kinds of people – those looking to come out and those looking to help their friends. The app protects the identity of those who want to ‘Get Support’ by keeping their queries anonymous and allowing them to survey their friends and family, making it easier for them to identify potential supporters.
The app by LGBTI group Minus18 and creative agency George Patterson Y&R (GPY&R) was inaugurated on 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
HOW IT WORKS
BUT WHAT IF THERE’S NO SUPPORT?
Instead, I get pulled into the Minus 18 network of other young LGBT people out there, which is a wide support network. So, there’s really nothing to lose.
pport because friends and family simply didn’t realise it was required.”
“You’re Accepted is here to tackle hateful online discrimination against LGBTI youth. Through positive social support provided by friends and family we can do this together, because after all no one should live in fear of simply being who they are – everyone should be accepted,” their About page reads.
HOW DID THE IDEA COME ABOUT?
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