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They2ze, Newly Launched All-Inclusive App for Transgender Spectrum Youth

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.

 

 

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

Rebirth Garments Trends American Resilience

Rebirth Garments, Setting Trends with Gender Non-Conforming Threads

This brand says forget the past and embrace the future—and yourself.

Fashion Designer Sky Cubacub has been fantasizing about gender-inclusive fashion since they were 13. Now, at age 24, they have a clothing line built around that very goal. Rebirth Garments offers clothing and accessories for people of every body type and gender.

“I’m a queer, trans person with disabilities,” Cubacub (who uses they/them pronouns) told Newsy. After considering whether to have separate lines for each identity they “really felt like it should be one line because I like the intersection of my identities.”

This company is reclaiming the word ‘crip’ (once derogatory slang for someone with a disability) by integrating it into Queercrip – an umbrella term that encompasses all genders, orientations, and abilities and disabilities. Essentially, Rebirth Garments is for you, no exceptions. They even offer a glossary so everyone can get the scoop on terms.

 

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Photo: Rebirth Garments on Pantheon

 

Garments and accessories range from $35 to $1,200. Peep the shop here. Cubacub makes custom pieces for folks in wheelchairs or with various motor impairment, as well as gender-affirming wear. From stretchy, bright binders to full-body suits to chain maille, the shop is nothing short of amazing.

By maintaining ‘radical visibility’ they aim to celebrate parts of people that society normally rejects. While the garments are bright and playful, they also invoke a sort of warrior-like toughness. This is meant to act as a protective charm for the wearers.

“The [garments] are full of life and color, and when I am laying in bed and can’t move, at the very least, I have this little bit of life in clothing, and I don’t have to hurt from the clothing,” one client told Newsy.

Read Rebirth’s manifesto here.

 

Feature photo: Lenny Gilmore/RedEye

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