By Kristen McCallum
“Have you heard: ‘I wish there were a Grindr app but for women’ or “just because I’m bisexual doesn’t mean I want to get hit up for threesomes’?” asks Thurst creator Morgen Bromell. “Then this app might be for you.”
Thurst is best described as “an app for queer cis, trans, and non-binary folks who are seeking to connect in person.” It’s for the people who are tired of apps made for cis, white men, and heteroromantic individuals.
Here’s the breakdown of some of the great features:
- Levels of privacy and security features for trans and non-binary users
- A comprehensive list of gender identities, pronouns, sexuality, and relationship styles
- A section to designate kink and fetish
- Search based on a variety on non-gender based factors
- Filters based on PoC/Non-PoC designation and political beliefs
- Use of aliases and unlimited name changing
- Blocking and reporting options and a detailed policy regarding abuse, consent, and violence in various online and offline spaces
- Levels of non-oppressive identity verification to block predators, trolls, and known community abusers
- A well designed verbal and visual messaging system with unlimited storage
With less than 30 days left of their Fundly campaign raising money to cover the $55,000 in costs, Thurst has asked the community to play an essential part in bringing this app to reality. More specifically the funds will go towards app design and paying developers of color. With clear intentions, their page states: “Ultimately, we’d love to reach a point where we can begin to decolonize the online dating and hookup scene and create a space where marginalized folks can be as thursty as they want.” Using the donations, Thurst is slated to launch a beta version by the closing of 2015; as well as Android and iOS versions to follow in 2016.
Sounds like enough time to start prepping for next Valentine’s Day.
So what do you say? Support QPOC and stay thurst-y. Donate here.
Kristen McCallum is a writer living in Washington Heights, NYC. Growing up in a Jamaican family has made coming out quite the journey. Determined to finally find her place in the QWOC community, Kristen feels new to all of this but it still feels like home. To see more of her work, including her original poetry, visit her website at www.kristen-mccallum.com.