Yes, there is still a reason to give!
I am SO thrilled that we met our goal! Thank you so much. But this isn't the end! While we still have this amazing platform for the next few days, I'd like to use it to make sure that the app can continue once it is launched. The original goal covers the start-up costs, but I also have to pay monthly for server hosting to keep it going. All money above the goal will go towards covering the Indiegogo and credit card processing fees of the campaign, ensuring future months of server hosting for the app, additional advertising, and some more interactive features in the app. Don't stop now!
Why does this matter?
The gay, lesbian, bi, and trans communities have been through a lot over the years (that should go down in history as the biggest understatement of the year). I believe that making it through together has made us stronger and now we are living in a time when our rights are advancing at record speed. I find this absolutely inspiring. 10 years ago, no US state honored marriage equality. Now look where we are! We have so much farther to go on so many issues beyond marriage. Many countries around the world still treat homosexual acts as a serious crime. But when we look at the evolution around the world as a whole, we can see in general we're better off than 50 years ago. And 50 years ago we were better off than 50 years before that. Even with setbacks, we're moving forward.
I want to share that sense of hope with the world. I want LGBT youth to know that others have gone through this, in all times and places, and they are not alone. It gets better! And for queers of all ages - We must never forget where we come from and honoring our forefathers/foremothers/forefabulouses is an honor in itself.
What is the LGBToday mobile app?
A mobile app that will feature a story from "today in history." For example, if today were February 21, when you open the app you will see that on February 21, 1903, the first recorded police raid on a gay bathhouse in the U.S. occurred. For each event there would be a one-sentence description of the event, an image or video if available, a link to more information about the story, a cited source, a map of where in the world it happened, and possibly more. For days with more than one event, one would randomly to be chosen to show up, but you could click to read the other(s). You would be able to sort events by country, year, etc.
Where do the funds go?
Most of the funds go to the creation of the app itself -- paying a developer for design, submitting to app stores, etc. A website designer gave me an estimate for creating a much better version of www.lgbtoday.com. (Both the developer and the designer are part of the LGBT community as well.) About 7% will go to fees for Indiegogo and processing fees, but it's worth it!
The remaining money (including anything above the goal, which would be very helpful) will go to server hosting, advertising, research expenses, and content license purchases when necessary (images that show an historical event).
How does this help LGBT organizations?
The app will promote LGBT non-profits and community groups through free ads. To become a partner or sponsor, click here. I hope to raise donations for groups making LGBT history today through those ads.
So, what's the plan?
1. Reach fundraising goal! Without this, nothing goes forward.
2. Finalize plans with an app developer by May 2013.
3. Complete research of historical events by July 2013 (currently 25% done).
4. Developer creates the app in July-September 2013.
5. Advertise the app starting in September 2013.
6. Launch the app by October 2013.
Isn't history boring?
It totally can be but it won't be in this app! It's amazing how recent this history is and I'm putting in lots of entertainment events to keep it fresh. There'll be the premieres of The L Word and Queer As Folk and celebrity events like Ellen and Portia's wedding. There'll be some pretty engaging stories in there. History is all about storytelling and these stories will be gripping.
Are you serious about including L, G, B, and T history?
Yes! This app will strive to be completely inclusive of the entire community. Trans and bi history will not be left out! Anything relating to sexual orientation or gender identity will be in there. I will actively seek out historical events in communities of color. I'm not going to omit any community like drag, HIV+, leather, etc. if I can find something.
Are you going to profit from this app?
Most of any money made will go right back into the app (advertising, updates, server, website, etc). Even though I hope to eventually pay myself for my work on this app, I don't expect to profit.
Who are you?
I'm a 26-year-old lesbian who lives in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. with my wife and our two cats. I'm living the stereotypical dream! I work hard on many projects and jobs (see www.sarahprager.com) to support my little family while my lady gets her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I came out when I was 14 and have been fortunate enough to get to travel to Lesvos (Sappho's birthplace in Greece), Harvey Milk's camera shop in the Castro, the Stonewall Inn in NYC, and the Homomonument in Amsterdam.
Can I get it on my phone?
It will be available on iPhone and Droid first, and hopefully more platforms.
How can I find out more about this AWESOME app?
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