We're volunteers building an app companion to the coming out experience.

The app features a challenges-based resource guide, an anonymous social network, and a gateway to LGBT crisis services.

Planning

Bringing transparency to the coming out process.

Challenges
Challenges

Get ideas on where to start and where to go next in your coming out journey. Take on challenges designed by social work professionals in collaboration with national and local partners in various industries.

Steps
Steps

Let the app take care of challenge logistics. Challenge steps provide contextual assistance—such as live tv showtimes in the area—as well as additional step-specific crowdsourced FAQ.

Steps
Progress

See where you've put work into coming out. View your progress by challenge difficulty, by places (home, work, and school), and by people (family, friends and strangers).

Network

Building communities and one-to-one support.

Activity
Activity

See what challenges the people you follow are taking on and cheer them on by liking or commenting. Share your thoughts and statuses with your mentor and followers.

People
People

Get suggestions to follow people who share similar backgrounds as you or are in a similar place in their coming out journey.

Mentor
Mentor

Get matched with a mentor who will be your ‘person’ through your journey. Your mentor will share his or her coming out experience and be there to chat if you need to talk.

Help

Extending the reach of very capable services.

Access
Access

Help is in your pocket. There is no need to look up a number to call and no need to worry about call history—just one tap to chat or to talk anonymously.

*The Trevor Project's logo is the intellectual property of The Trevor Project and used here only as an example of great crisis-handling services for LGBTQ youths. No partnership has been formed with Trevor though we would be honored to work together if provided the opportunity.

Tools
Tools

Let the operators better help you and identify issues by granting them access to your challenge data. Use your phone’s camera for optional two-way video call.

Dispatch
Dispatch

When in need, you can provide first responders access to the hardware features of your device like live video, location tracking, and etc.

Feedback

Let us know what you think.

About Us

We're just getting started.

For now, we're a few New Yorkers in design and engineering with friends in social work and psychology. The project was originally conceived as @eddiechen's Master's thesis at NYU Engineering and is currently under the continued advisement of @danakarwas.

Join Us

Volunteer to make the app with us.

We're currently looking for additional volunteer backend engineers, visual designers, data scientists, counseling psychologists, project managers, grant writers, and business development specialists to join our team. Please fill out the form below and we'll be in touch soon. Thank you!

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Why Now?

We live in an exciting time where the rapid changes in our social and technological landscapes present tremendous opportunity and need for us to make coming out safer and more accessible.

Over the last decade, the LGBTQ community has succeeded in pushing for anti-discrimination legislation. Queer public figures have gained mainstream acceptance and popularity. Support for marriage equality has reached an all-time high. This momentum has made coming out not only an increasingly realistic option but also a pressing need for more people than ever in history.

In that same decade, monumental developments in technology also took place. Our ability to better interpret large sets of data has made our decisions more sound. Blanket availability of broadband access has enabled services to reach once isolated individuals and communities. The widespread adoption of mobile computing devices has created contextual solutions no one thought were possible.

All these have inspired us to investigate how a coming out app might work. You’re seeing the first fruits of our labor. Please don’t hesitate to provide us feedback or let us know if you have something to offer. We’d love to hear from you—and even more—to have you be a part of our volunteer team. We’re looking for engineers, designers, social workers, psychologists, data scientists, managers and business folks.

For those of you who may be concerned about any approach the current design proposes, please make sure to share your concerns with us. We are developing the app with community input. We hope the end product will be representative of the best of what our community has to offer—in perspective, in knowledge, and in execution.

We believe that coming out is an intensely personal process and each person’s journey is unique. But we also believe that coming out is a significant shared experience for members of our community, and that we all can learn from one another’s experience with some help from technology. In many ways, that’s what this project is all about.