September 28, 2021 - Ask any woman what her biggest complaint about dating apps is and she will likely answer: unsolicited dick pics. Ask people outside of cis and whiteness about their experiences on social media, and they will talk about harassment, bullying, and all the -isms. In short, many apps and platforms fail to raise community standards and many are considered unsafe for LGBTQ+ people. CEOs Sarah Massey and Luna Ray want to change that and they are leading a new field of sex-positive tech at freeQ and Bloom Community.
Massey and Ray are both women leaders is sex-positive, kinky, and queer communities developing new technologies to address safety in online connections. Ray ran User Acquisition for Instagram from 700M to past a billion people and believes that the next frontier of software development will be values-led and community-driven. Massey is an East Coast social justice strategist known for making headlines for LGBQT+ rights and leading the Capital Pride Parade on motorcycles. It’s a story of Silicon Valley meeting Washington, DC for a partnership based on bridging the safety gaps left by current social media.
Massey’s platform at freeQ.love offers a virtual video events space with more security and privacy for LGBTQ+ and sex-positive events. Ray’s Bloom Community is sex-positive community and app based around events. The two business leaders were brought together by their sex-positive, kinky clients who saw their potential to team up to be powerhouses. With the Bloom Community app and a freeQ virtual events space, LGBTQ+ and sex-positive event organizers can offer access to audiences outside of IRL events. Businesses are able to nurture audience relationships over space and time.
“Community connections are not only powerful, they are necessary to thriving,” says Massey. “freeQ sets a safer tech stage for people who want to see and be seen in community. You can buy tickets to attend live, interactive queer events at freeQ.love.”
“Bloom is the first sex-positive app that is run as a community with affirmative consent as our leading value, and our meetups reinforce the sense of community and accountability,” says Ray. “You can think of Bloom as a dating app where you can also meet friends, and they are all going to share the values of consent, communication, and respect. People looking to meet sex-positive people and attend events can find it in the app stores as Bloom Community or download it from our website at https://www.joinbloom.community.”
Bloom and freeQ are built by and for the queer communities. Both companies celebrate and center sex-positive and consent culture. Through community standards and reporting processes, users enjoy tech spaces on both platforms curated for their needs as LGBTQ+ and sex-positive people. Bloom works directly with event organizers to offer their audiences access to the app. freeQ offers an online virtual events space for workshops, parties, cons, and so forth.
Bloom Community launched in May of 2021 as a way for people who share sex positive values to meet around community events. Bloom is built for people looking for connection who share Bloom's values (consent, communication, respect). Bloom takes a values-based approach to building social software, directly influenced by sex-positive and queer communities.
freeQ’s live events partnerships range from weekly interview series to monthly workshops, to hosting massive festivals, and everything in between. freeQ is sex-positive, kink-positive, queer, inclusive, and accessible. freeQ launched with its signature event, the Queer Dance Naked Party, in May of 2020. Operating like an online theater, freeQ sells event tickets, markets, stage manages, and can help to produce shows. Partners and freeQ generate earnings through ticket sales.
freeQ and Bloom are teaming up to connect queers all over the globe.