There’s no refuting that technology has had an incredible impact on our daily lives, from grocery pickup to looking up that one famous person’s name in seconds. Maybe one of the more favored ways is through our smartphones in the sphere of romance and dating. Popular apps like Grindr, Chappie, Tinder and HER are designed as a meeting network for the LGBT community. The nature of these apps is to provide a safe place to chat with others with similar interests. Some of the apps even create a judgement free zone. They take away the emphasis on height, weight and ethnicity, which have easily become the primary drivers for getting a right swipe – match. It seems with the growing desire for online connections there is an app for just about everyone. Some members seek out these sites to turn to anonymous strangers for help online. These popular apps are also a way for LGBT members to seek a sanctuary when in need of mental health. Sometimes it’s easier to type things out from behind your keyboard than it is to say it out loud while looking someone in the face.
Many LGBT members claim they have gained more important insights from anonymous strangers than from a professional. There is a general common ground that online anonymity does allow individuals to have more expressional freedom and for LGBT+ individuals to discuss their current mental health like identity crisis / gender dysphoria / anxiety/ acceptance. In the absence of a mental health professional this form of backstreet assisted anonymity therapy has been proven to help save some lives; it isn’t necessarily the best path to forgo legitimate medical health services. The Charity Stonewall reported that “nearly half (48 percent) of the trans community under the age of 26 have attempted suicide. If you or someone you know is in need of confidential, nonjudgmental support please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).