Brit+Co is a safe space. Our readers are聽people from all walks of life and we are especially proud to celebrate the LGBTQ members of our community. We love being your resource for info about how to use pronouns with trans people, maternity clothes for queer moms聽and, of course,聽delicious Pride-themed ice cream. (TBH聽we鈥檒l report on anything ice cream-related, y鈥檃ll, just try us). Outside of the web, it鈥檚聽important to find LGBTQ-friendly spaces IRL聽鈥斅燼nd that鈥檚 where聽new startup and website MyQueerReview can help.


Announcing the launch in聽a press release via Medium, founders Kesha Ann Gardner and Kevin Hawkins are helping you find a safe space wherever you are with their new site聽MyQueerReview. Kesha and Kevin are both longtime activists who admitted to having felt聽ostracized for their sexuality at one time or another. For Kevin it was growing up in the Midwest and being disowned by his family. For Kesha it was the fear of getting harassed when she visited family in Baltimore. With聽, they hope to change that by establishing聽鈥渢he first and only resource used to pinpoint safe environments on a per-location basis for the LGBTQ+ community and their supportive allies鈥.鈥


The site was not just a personal mission; in their release, Kesha and Kevin include some pretty startling stats. According to their research 鈥渘early 90% of LGBT students reported facing verbal harassment due to their sexual orientation in 2013,鈥 and about 鈥73% of LGBT youth feel more comfortable online than they do out in the real world.鈥 MyQueerReview includes聽lists of friendly businesses and neighborhoods on their website. The info is mostly user generated so you can go and submit a review for your favorite businesses too. The reviews include info about service, overall vibe and bathrooms. According to the site, 鈥渞eviews address concerns pertinent to visitors, allowing members of the community to know before they go.鈥澛燭he site will also evolve over time to include more spaces as well as the info聽businesses and other spaces may need to update their policies and procedures.


The website has a strict policy for what makes a place truly safe. In general, it says 鈥渁 Safe Space is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express themselves, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, or physical or mental ability.鈥 The site also goes on to detail behavior not acceptable in a safe space, such as slut shaming, heterosexism and ace erasure.


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(h/t Medium, photos via @KeshaQReview and @KevinHawkins聽and Justin Sullivan/Getty)