Find an online community during Pride Month
Pride parades have gone virtual and finding friends on Grindr isn’t ideal – when trying to build a 2SLGBTQIA + community online, it can be difficult to find common ground. Since many UBC clubs don’t open until September, here are some ways to make new friends before the school year begins.
Find your niche
I found the Queer community during the pandemic through Beloved rises, a Seattle-based organization that uplifts and empowers queer youth of the faith. While there’s no such thing as a bunch of queer people with religious trauma, it might not be right for you. I once took part in a group chat with at least 10 other girls because we all loved One Direction. There must be a similar type of community on Twitter for 2SLGBTQIA + K-Pop stans.
To the dating app or not to the dating app
Like I said earlier, it’s not the perfect way to make friends, but it is possible. If you find yourself on a dating app, I think Tinder would be the best way to go about it due to the sheer volume of potential matches. I don’t know Grindr well enough to suggest downloading it for friendship purposes. Bumble has an option specifically for making friends, but I don’t know of anyone who has tried using it.
Zoom events are still in full swing. Facebook and Instagram are great ways to find Pride events online. This can be a great way to find out which 2ELGBTQIA + organizations are near you. It’s a good idea to check out what your city is doing to celebrate Pride Month; here are some events near UBC campuses: UBC Pride Collective, Season 2021 – Vancouver Pride Society and UBCSUO Pride Resource Center.
The beauty of memes
Much of my Explore page on Instagram and my For You page on TikTok were inundated with 2SLGBTQIA + content. There are Facebook groups, such as take a step, you useless sapphic and it looks gay, i’m in it, which are all about connecting with other queer people and, of course, posting some good quality gay memes.
To learn more about my community research experience, check out my personal essay A degree of separation.