Fast Company: This chatbot teaches counselors how to talk to LGBTQ kids in crisis

Fast Company: This chatbot teaches counselors how to talk to LGBTQ kids in crisis. “In a world in which most chatbots are used for mercenary reasons like retail cost cutting and phishing, the Crisis Contact Simulator is a landmark project. It won our 2021 Innovation by Design Award for Social Good because it leverages the seamless user experience of automation to help the Trevor Project’s training staff onboard more counselors. The AI tool is a digital replica of the nonprofit’s existing training regime.”

Bay State Banner: Black, queer and part of Boston’s history

Bay State Banner: Black, queer and part of Boston’s history. “Inspired by the racial reckonings of 2020, The History Project, New England’s largest archives of LGBTQ materials, is working to flesh out its collection related to Black queer history. Funded by a Mass Humanities Digital Capacity Grant and spearheaded by Community Curator Fellow Micha Broadnax and Community Connector slandie prinston, Documenting Black Queer Boston will provide physical and digital records for the community to experience and build on.”

Community-Driven Archives: Centering BIPOC & LGBTQ Memory and Knowledge (Western Michigan University)

Western Michigan University: Community-Driven Archives: Centering BIPOC & LGBTQ Memory and Knowledge. “Join guest scholar Nancy Liliana Godoy, head of the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative at Arizona State University (ASU) Library, to learn about her community-driven archiving work that focuses on centering BIPOC & LGBTQ memory and knowledge.” Free and virtual. September 9.

New Yorker: The Queer Past Gets Deleted on eBay

New Yorker: The Queer Past Gets Deleted on eBay. “In researching his book ‘Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art,’ Andy Campbell, an associate professor of critical studies at the Roski School of Art and Design, used both eBay and the Johnson/Carter Library, in addition to other archives around the country. ‘Bound Together’ argues that queer archives are particularly precarious, as they often lack institutional support structures and their content is at odds with community guidelines.”

University of California: LGBTQ+ youth face increased anxiety amid COVID-19 pandemic

University of California: LGBTQ+ youth face increased anxiety amid COVID-19 pandemic. “While a life-altering pandemic has caused a substantial uptick in anxiety and depression symptoms among adults and children alike, LGBTQ+ youth have turned to peers in anonymous online discussion forums for support. New research from the University of California, Davis, suggests these LGBTQ+ teenagers — who already experience disproportionate levels of psychological adversity — exhibited increased anxiety on the popular r/LGBTeens subreddit throughout 2020 and the start of 2021.”

San Francisco Chronicle: With more people hooking up, S.F. health officials push to get people back on PrEP

San Francisco Chronicle: With more people hooking up, S.F. health officials push to get people back on PrEP. “Year after year, San Francisco has seen the number of new HIV diagnoses fall, with the stated goal of becoming the first jurisdiction in the United States to reach zero new infections. Part of the progress — down to 166 diagnoses in 2019 — is owed to pre-exposure prophylaxis, a set of drugs commonly known as PrEP, which must be taken with some regularity when an individual is sexually active. During the height of the pandemic, however, when people were sticking close to home, many LGBTQ patients fell off the daily pill and new enrollments dropped considerably.”

Survey: 92% of LGBTQ+ People Have Received One COVID Vaccine Dose (Plus)

Plus: Survey: 92% of LGBTQ+ People Have Received One COVID Vaccine Dose. “Ninety-two percent of respondents to a new survey by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation have received at least COVID-19 vaccine dose. The research, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, surveyed more than 15,000 adults through the Community Marketing & Insights 15th annual LGBTQ Community Survey, according to a press release by the HRC Foundation.”

Wired: Apple and Google still have an LGBTQ problem

Wired: Apple and Google still have an LGBTQ problem . “Apple’s ‘clarification’ of its policies around hookup apps, its missteps regarding queer teenagers, and Google’s new rules are just another example of why Silicon Valley should get out of the business of regulating sexually explicit materials. The vague guidance and inconsistent standards used against apps harm LGBTQ people, especially those who are using dating apps to find community, love, or plain ol’ hook-ups in countries with explicitly anti-LGBTQ laws.”

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay. “During an Aug. 6 broadcast, the Twitch streamer RekItRaven — who is Black and uses they/them pronouns — emotionally described a series of traumatic, real-life experiences that informed who they are today. In response, viewers in chat told Raven that they were ‘loved.’ This made what happened next especially hurtful. About 20 minutes later, Raven’s chat was suddenly flooded by dozens of users spamming the same message, which read in part: ‘This channel now belongs to the KKK.’ It was the second time that had happened in just one week.”

Calvert Journal: Follow @theneweastisqueer, the account celebrating past and present LGBTQ+ creatives from Eastern Europe

Calvert Journal: Follow @theneweastisqueer, the account celebrating past and present LGBTQ+ creatives from Eastern Europe. “The platform was created to show that ‘the New East is, and has always been, queer,’ through interviews and profiles of figures from a mix of generations. The artists featured include Lulla La Polaca, a Polish 82-year-old drag queen, and Admina, a non-binary techno artist and DJ who has been storming Romania’s clubbing scene.”

The Lily: More places are requiring proof of vaccination. LGBTQ bars led the way.

The Lily: More places are requiring proof of vaccination. LGBTQ bars led the way.. “As the delta variant surges, a wave of LGBTQ bars across the country have been similarly prescient in their policies, requiring proof of vaccination for entry before or just after their cities implemented mask mandates and other precautions to curb the spread of the virus. LGBTQ people characterize the bars’ vaccine precautions as part of a legacy of activism to protect the health of LGBTQ people, adding that the requirements are also indicative of the important roles LGBTQ bars play as safe spaces within the communities they serve.”

Bob FM: Fashion Nova’s Huge Contribution To Support Black Trans Femme Artists

Bob FM: Fashion Nova’s Huge Contribution To Support Black Trans Femme Artists. “Black Trans Femme Artists (BTFA) collective, a community-based organization, revolves around art production and preservation by Black trans nonbinary femmes and Black trans women. It provides them the support and resources they need to thrive. This organization received donations to the tune of $25,000 from Fashion Nova’s Women on Top.” According to this article, a database of Black Trans Femme artists around the world will soon be launched by this organization.

GQ: Gen Z Are “Puriteens,” But Not For The Reasons You Think

GQ: Gen Z Are “Puriteens,” But Not For The Reasons You Think. “While generalizing about tens of millions of people is always difficult, a series of studies in recent years have reported that teens since the tail end of the millennial generation trend towards being less sexually active; they launch their sex lives later and have fewer sex partners than earlier generations. Gen Zers themselves—defined as those currently aged between 6 and 24—are aware of how they’re perceived.”