Out Loud: Serving the LGBTQ community and how to be a part of it

In the past year, the LGBTQ community has been able to take some amazing steps towards overall equality; however, with these steps have come several hurdles, and in some cases, steps back. House Bill 2, Orlando and more show how much further we still have to go and how much work still needs to be done in order to make our community feel safe, respected and understood. That is where Out Loud comes in.

While we do have some amazing LGBTQ representation in mainstream media, they are limited by the standards of their profession and news organizations. Their job is to report the news, to remain unbiased; to put it simply, a journalist’s job is to not insert their own opinion or agenda into their work. Those who contribute to Out Loud aren’t going to be burdened by these issues. Writers can be advocates for the community and write about personal experiences, their opinions and virtually anything else they can think of.

The point of Out Loud is to build a community; a chorus of LGBTQ voices sounding off together to help educate, provide comfort and to give those who are a part of and allied with our community a chance to express their thoughts and feelings. The best way for our community to continue to move forward in our march for equality is to be continually discussing the issues we face on a daily basis, both amongst ourselves and in the public sphere.

It is also a chance to discuss issues that are prominent within our own community that sometimes take a backseat to larger LGBTQ movements. Concerns about race, body image and more are all areas in the LGBTQ community which need to acknowledged and Out Loud is a community where these issues can be brought to light and discussed in a safe, respectful way. The best way to figure out solutions to these problems is to hear directly from those who have experienced them and Out Loud offers them the chance to tell their stories.

Basically, Out Loud is here for anyone who has something to say and wants to positively contribute to the LGBTQ community dialogue. A lack of writing experience is no reason to not contribute either, as the Out Loud staff is readily available to help with any writing and editing needs.

In order to build up this community, Out Loud is currently looking for contributors. If this opportunity sounds like something you or a friend, relative or peer might be interested in, please send an email to lgbtqoutloug@gmail.com or send us a message on our Facebook page. We’re looking forward to seeing what Out Loud can do for our community.

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