We are all more than a swipe of a finger.
Right now, the largest LGBT+ app prevents access to everyone but men, and it has an irrevocable license “to reproduce, distribute, [and] publicly display” everything we share. It’s exclusive, and it invades our privacy—we deserve better.
That’s why I’ve created Q, a community-driven social networking app for humans - of all genders and sexual orientations - who identify as queer.
- Inclusive: Members can choose from 20+ genders, and you’ll soon be able to submit your own labels. Our Community Standard, to be finalized after member feedback, prohibits intolerance or shaming of any kind, and public profiles will be moderated by our members.
- Community-based: Receive immediate access to the members-only Q Forum, where you’ll have the power to suggest, review, and comment on new features, privacy measures, and community guidelines before they’re made public.
- Human: Our stunning profiles require members’ faces and first names, so everyone is chatting on an equal playing field.
- The Queue: Use Geolocation to browse, filter, send anonymous compliments, and chat with unlimited Q Members near you.
- Micro-Q: A revolutionary, patent-pending way to connect with other Q members in the same bar, cafe, or train as you - using battery-saving Bluetooth Low Energy technology.
- Memoirs: Express yourself without a character limit, and learn from other people’s stories.
- Exclusive, immediate, and unlimited access to the app and all of its current and future features.
- Access to the Q Forum as a Founding Member, where you can help construct the perfect queer app from day one.
- Personalized, limited edition Q card, to show off your Founding Member status and gain entry to future Q meetups and events. The first pledger receives Card No. 1, and so on!
No problem! While the app might not be your cup of tea, you can still become an Honorary Member with all the same rewards and discounts. You’ll also have access to Q’s Ally Forum, where you can chat with others dedicated to LGBT+ rights. Above all, you will have contributed to forming the world’s first community-driven, gender-inclusive queer app.
I'm a grad student studying the history of the LGBT+ rights movement, and I've been a web designer for more than a decade. Nevertheless, a project like Q is too big for one person. I’ve spent nearly $10,000 of my limited funds to form a company, pay a part-time engineer, and develop a prototype.
But now I’m all out of cash! The prototype, while functional, is missing some important features - like messaging. All of your Kickstarter contributions will go towards hiring our engineer to work full-time on a finished beta version of the app to be released this June. Extra funds will go towards building new features suggested by the Q community.
Risks and challenges
As Daniel Day-Lewis said in his 2007 Oscar-winning film, "There will be [bugs]." When we release Q in June, it won't be perfect. There will always be ways to make it more functional, more user-friendly, and a more inclusive, positive community for our members.
That's why I'm most excited about the Q Forum. The queer community is so incredibly diverse, with so many different stories and obstacles, and I plan to listen. Hold me, and the entire Q team, accountable.
Even before we launch the forum, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell me how you think we should revolutionize technology and the queer experience. Together we can make it happen.
- (30 days)