fbpx
Blog image

Love, Sex, & Dating: The 411 on HER

By : November 8, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* You may have heard of HER. It is one of the most popular queer dating apps on the market, boasting over 2 million users in 55 countries. After Ellen gushed, "HER introduces itself as “the app that will introduce you to every lesbian you ever wanted to meet. Finally, you can start dating a lesbian that hasn’t slept with any of your friends. Your weekend just got gayer because now you know where to go to.” HER knows all the right things to say." They attribute their success to a unique platform that functions as a way for queer women to meet each other online and engage as a community. They are far more inclusive than their competitors, offering
Read more
Blog image

A Nation’s Shame: The Epidemic of Homeless LGBTQ Youth 

By : October 19, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* The facts of the matter, laid bare by an educational document produced by The National Alliance to End Homelessness, are grim:  Homeless youth are typically defined as unaccompanied youth aged 12 to 24 years. The National Alliance to End Homelessness’ typology of homeless youth includes four major categories: runaway (fleeing youth), transitory or episodic (couch surfing youth), unaccompanied homeless youth (shelter hoppers), and street dependent youth (squatters and travelers).In 1999, the Second National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART II) was published. The study determined that 1.7 million adolescents experienced at least one episode of homelessness each year.Seven different studies of homeless youth in the U.S. have concluded that approximately 20 percent
Read more
Blog image

Do you need help right now?  Resources for LGBTQ+ Individuals

By : October 17, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* You are not alone. Nation-Wide Resources are Available Now: LGBTQ + focused Housing & Medical + Support Services https://truecolorsfund.org/location/ LGBTQ+ Safe Housing  https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-shelters/ Youth Housing  https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/grants/fysb-grantees Housing  https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/ Medical Services  https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center http://www.needymeds.org/medical-clinics https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ http://www.nafcclinics.org/find-clinic Thinking of Running Away + Trying to get Home https://wwwrunaway.org Know Your Rights: Foster Care + Juvenile Justice System https://www.lambdalegal.org/know-your-rights/article/youth-info-for-lgbtq-in-out-of-home-care Food https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/ https://www.foodpantries.org/ Online Emotional Support https://www.talkspace.com/online-therapy/lgbt/ https://www.7cups.com/lgbtq-chat-room/ http://www.e-therapycafe.com/online-counseling-services-lgbt https://support.therapytribe.com/lgbt-support-group/ Did you enjoy this story? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out when new stories are published. [hubspot portal="4679048" id="962ea2a6-7b06-442a-90fd-58a7c8a4ecc9" type="form"] Learn how to join our Writers Cohort here. Want to continue building community? Download our iOS app.
Read more
Blog image

Abusive Relationships & LGBTQ+ Youth: Resources and Information

By : October 17, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* One in three young people -- straight, LGBTQ+, and otherwise-- experience some form of dating abuse, with LGBTQ teens experiencing a greater risk of partner violence than their heterosexual counterparts. A 2013 report surveyed 3,745 grade-school students who reported being in a relationship or having been in one during the previous year. Researchers found that 43% of LGBT youth reported being victims of physical dating violence, compared to just 29% of heterosexual youth. Numbers were even higher for victims of emotional abuse (59% of LGBT youth versus 46% of heterosexual youth). Transgender youth had some of the highest rates of victimization, despite making up a tiny percentage of the total respondents. Interestingly, LGB victims of teen
Read more
Blog image

What does the D.O.J. decision mean for Trans Civil Rights?

By : October 17, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Unless you are a legal scholar, last Thursday's decision to exclude transgender individuals from work-place anti-discrimination laws enforced on the basis of sex can be a dense and complicated affair to understand. I broke down the facts you need to know and gathered some information on how you can resist the minimization of your civil liberties under this or any queer antagonistic administration. A Brief History of What Went Down: Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: “It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer … to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”Price
Read more
Blog image

Reconciling your QPOC Identity

By : October 4, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* What does it mean to be a QPOC in the United States today? How are we supposed to deal with all the extra weight and pressure? Do you feel forced to choose between your culture, class, and sexual or gender identity in a constant emotional triage: "Which identity is under the most direct attack right now?" Maybe you grew up in a family or a community that believed that your queerness was evil or a learned behavior picked up due to your exposure to white culture. Maybe you're exhausted from playing cultural ambassador at every queer function you attend, or from being silenced within activist circles that have a white majority. Whatever your story is, and
Read more