This past weekend I came out to 200 people (most of whom I didn’t know) while pitching the idea to create a website called Artdentify that allows people to identify and connect with others through art. The pitch was for a Startup Weekend Gainesville event, which involves bringing a business to life within 54 hours. Nearly the first words out of my mouth were:
“Three years ago I came out and began transitioning from female to male. What helped me survive that experience was identifying with other trans stories online.”
I couldn’t have imagined doing that a couple of years ago.
The response was so warm and supportive that I fell in love with my hometown again. The startup community embraced the idea and wants to support it with guidance and expertise going forward.
However, I’m still a team of one at this point while learning code as fast as I can and searching for a talented programming partner who cares about the community. Thanks to all of you who took the survey, I have a much better idea of which questions to ask next and how to design the site. One could describe the model as a combination of deviantART, tumblr, and LiveJournal, with the goals of giving users space to explore their identities and communities safely while offering artists a better way to reach their target audiences, promote and sell their work.
If you would like to keep up on how Artdentify develops or you feel like you have something to contribute, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
So… try something bold yourself this week!
PS- I’m doing a comic reading this Friday at Queer the Fest! I’m going on at 7:30pm at Display in good ol’ Gainesville, FL.