Instagram launches new features to celebrate Pride Month

It has also launched a well-being guide on how to handle negativity and challenges in the current social media landscape

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jun 14, 2020 12:00 AM
Pride Month

In celebration and support of the LGBTQIA+ community during this month of Pride, Instagram has launched a host of new features and a well-being guide, in collaboration with @thequeermuslimproject, a community that advocates equal rights for the queer community to help them get through these tough times.

This year, while the COVID-19 pandemic ensues, physical conventions will be impacted. Additionally, the community has also faced mental health and emotional wellbeing challenges. In the words of Tara Bedi, Public Policy and Community Outreach Manager, Instagram, India, “We understand the challenges and diversity of emotions that the LGBTQIA+ community faces everyday, and want our platforms to be safe spaces for them to express themselves. Especially during COVID-19, we want to help the community celebrate virtually, find support online, and stay connected with the people they love. We are thankful for the partnership with @thequeermuslimproject for their insights that helped make the well-being guide and hope everyone shows support with our newly released features.”

The Queer Muslim Project has used visual art and storytelling to promote sex-positive, affirming and intersectional representations of the communities. Rafiul Alom Rahman, founder of @thequeermuslimproject, said, “The pandemic has created mental health challenges for the youth at large, but doubly so for the queer community due to the stigmas attached with their identity. Expressing themselves, but being safe online is the need of the hour and so we are excited to collaborate with Instagram, for this wellbeing guide.”

The well-being guide focuses on how to handle negativity and challenges in the current social media landscape. This guide will provide resources to young LGBTQIA+ people experiencing anxiety or feeling especially isolated or alone. It features inputs from creators and communities - Veer Mishra (@v.ierd), Gaysi Family (@gaysifamily), Under25 (@under25official), Solidarity Foundation (@solidarityfoundation), Sandy Saha (@sandysahaofficial), Ya_All (@ya.all.northeast), and illustrations from Sonaksha Iyenger (@sonaksha); highlighting their advice on staying positive and managing their online presence. Guidance from this resource will be shared via roundtable discussions with the community, in partnership with @thequeermuslimproject.

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