Despite having the nation’s third-largest LGBTQIA+ population per capita – 118,000 residents (5.9%) – Greater Austin lacks key infrastructure necessary for LGBTQIA+ people to thrive. With your help, QWELL’s plans will fill these gaps in resource navigation, healthcare access, and community-building.
Multiple Austin Outpost Community Centers
LGBTQIA+ people live all over Greater Austin (and traffic is terrible), so a single location is not the best answer for our community. QWELL plans to establish Austin Outposts in multiple locations so every LGBTQIA+ resident has convenient access to support, services, and a chosen family. Click here to learn more.
Increase Access to Affirming Healthcare
QWELL’s wellbeing research and the Travis County Community Health Improvement Plan agree – there are not enough affirming, competent healthcare providers to serve the needs of Greater Austin’s large LGBTQIA+ population. We are working on a plan to certify a majority of local physical and mental health care providers through Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index and collaborations with Central Health and other health systems.
Identify Supportive Organizations, Businesses, and Employers
QWELL is creating an “asset map” of all the businesses, organizations, and services in Greater Austin that are LGBTQIA-friendly. This means you will have an easier time navigating where to go, shop, or work and community members will save time they currently spend answering life navigation questions. Our community will also be able to support more businesses that have their back, which 92% of local LGBTQIA+ people say is important to them.
Use Technology to Simplify Life Navigation
QWELL is building technology solutions to make it easy for LGBTQIA+ people to navigate their lives in Greater Austin. No more hunting through old webpages or inquiring on social media; you’ll be able to find the services and information you need with complete anonymity just by pulling out your smartphone.
Support Every LGBTQIA+ Resident
QWELL’s research shows that more than half of Greater Austin’s LGBTQIA+ residents do not feel like part of our community. 25% did not see friends and family more than one day a month before the pandemic. QWELL plans to create a network of small, diverse, intergenerational “Agape Teams” so every LGBTQIA+ resident has easy access to a chosen family where they can give and receive unconditional support and guidance.
Build Anti-Racist LGBTQIA+ Community
The diversity of our LGBTQIA+ population allows us to lead the way in mitigating and healing the racism and trauma caused by the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy in which we all were raised. By building relationships across our differences in QWELL’s “Agape Teams,” we experience the humanity of people different from ourselves, reducing feelings of separation and “otherness” and allowing us to face the mental models that shape our attitudes and behaviors. It’s up to us to create a local LGBTQIA+ community free from racism and misogyny.