What’s social media to you? Which platforms make it easiest to meet like-minded people, tell your story, have good conversations, or find content you want? What about their privacy policies and content rules — helpful or harmful? What resources would you recommend to young people who live in the Valley but can’t get to drop-in because they don’t have transportation, or their parents don’t support them? Bring links for your favourite channels, tumblrs, and memes, share them with the group, and get new ideas for the best GLBTQ-positive content.
Tumblr has been in the media lately because of the death of Leelah Alcorn, a young girl who was trans and whose suicide note was auto-scheduled to appear on the site after her death. Tumblr has a strong GLBTQ+ community, and the response to Leelah’s note has reached international news.
At our last drop-in, there was a suggestion that we should create a Tumblr. We’ll brainstorm about how the VYP could use media, talk about what you like in a social media site, and make a plan for what we want. (Want to create something on a another platform? Bring your ideas and let’s talk!) Bring an internet-enabled device of your choice, too, if you want — laptops or other devices with video output ports are best so that we can connect to the big-screen TV.
New to Tumblr? Here are a few examples with a variety of styles and perspectives. What are the pros and cons of the content, the visual design, or the way it promotes conversation?
- Trans Student Educational Resources
- Rainbow Times
- Ottawa Valley Queer Youth
- Boxers and Binders
- LGBTQ-friendly comedy
To share your links in advance, click through to the VYP blog and leave them in the comments for this post.
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Jan 7, 6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., in New Minas.