We're thrilled to say, there's an app for that.
A group of dogged Bay Area-based innovators just launched an app called They2ze, created by LGBTQ folks at YTH (an organization bridging youth health and technology).
Funded by the National Library of Medicine, They2ze connects folks in the Bay Area with access to vetted health and HIV resources and best practices. Their core belief is that everyone deserves access to information, especially when it concerns their health.
The AIDS/HIV epidemic is still highly prevalent and they hope that with ready access to this info they can help mitigate and treat it, including info on where to get tests or PrEP medication. With a GPS component that can be activated, users can easily link up to places nearby.
Having access to safe #healthresources is something that #cisgender folks often take for granted. For #trans* youth, being able to find #doctors and #healthcare providers that are inclusive can be a difficult, if not impossible, task.⠀ ⠀ That’s why we created our app #they2ze, to connect #transyouth to health and care #resources that have been reviewed by their peers in the trans* community.⠀ ⠀ Experience what this user has for yourself by download the app at they2zeyth.org for Android or IPhone.
This app is built primarily for trans youth, but also helpful for healthcare professionals wanting to get clued in on LGBTQ-friendly health programs, and even just allies who would love to learn more.
“Some of the problems many young people face, particularly young folks who identify as genderqueer, is finding a service that explicitly supports and serves them,” says Jay Lykens, Program Coordinator at YTH.
“Some services are framed or geared only towards those who identify as transgender women or transgender men. We want to make sure those are included, but also expand service access to everyone within the transgender-spectrum.”
For now, They2ze serves only the Bay Area. Soon, they hope to spread state and, eventually, nationwide.
Feature photo: YTH Instagram