New website Queer Review is Yelp for safe spaces - Technical.ly DC

Access

Jul. 30, 2015 12:20 pm

New website Queer Review is Yelp for safe spaces

Cofounders Kesha Garner and Kevin Hawkins say even some LGBT-friendly spots aren't safe for everyone. Now they're mapping welcoming spaces for trans and queer people around the world.
Capital Pride Parade 2014.

Capital Pride Parade 2014.

(Photo by Flickr user IIP Photo Archive, used under a Creative Commons license)

Kesha Garner is from South Carolina. When she moved the capital for an internship with the Human Rights Campaign, she was struck by the city’s gay-friendliness.

“I was just blown away by how open D.C. is,” she said.

But then she realized that this inclusivity did not always extend to all queer people. During nights out with her friend, local designer Kevin Hawkins, and their squad, she saw her trans friends get discriminated against at gay bars.

“Even the places around here that are LGBT-friendly aren’t safe for everyone,” she said.

So she teamed up with Hawkins to launch Queer Review, a website that allows users to rate businesses by how welcoming they are to queer customers.

Visit

It’s not about charting all the gay bars in town, said Garner. That wouldn’t be enough.

“Queer Review is more of a place to show where people are accepting without advertising it,” she said.

With the website, she hopes to encompass an umbrella of queer-identifying individuals that is outgrowing the LGBTQ acronym.

“I’m working really hard to make it an intersectional tool,” said Garner, who identifies as a gender non-conforming, non-binary person.

The website, designed on WordPress by Hawkins, has garnered more than 10,000 page hits since its public launch on Monday, Garner said.

Queer Review had its launch party last night; a little birdie (Twitter, that is) told us it was fun.

Advertisement

You must appreciate accurate, relevant and productive community journalism.  Support this sort of work from professional reporters with seasoned editors.  Become a Technical.ly member for $12 per month -30-
BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE JOURNALISM FUND TO COMMENT
Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

3 tips from DC leaders to bring minority technologists to the table

Boolean Girl Tech is slated to pitch at a competition hosted by Nationwide

Lineup Management Services is partnering with Association Analytics 

SPONSORED

DC

Verizon is looking for the brightest ideas on how to use its 5G technology

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Sr. Software Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Front End Engineer

Apply Now

Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Senior Full Stack Software Engineer

Apply Now

CoTripper takes first place at 2019 Startup Week DC pitch competition

Please Assist Me wins again with $20K grand prize at 2019 Vinetta Project final

Starry Internet opened an office in Arlington

SPONSORED

DC

Escape the August heat with cool AI tech

Philadelphia, PA - Center City

Odessa

Business Architect

Apply Now

DC, SF, NYC

Nava

Experienced Software Engineer – Backend

Apply Now

Offsite

Philadelphia Home

Social Media Catalyst

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Dc

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!