Why aren’t there more places to review?
Queer Review is run completely by our two founders, Kevin and Kesha. We are relying heavily on our users to input places. Furthermore, by having our users input places, we assure that the website doesn’t become over saturated with places that haven’t been reviewed.
Why use the word queer?
Queer is a reclaimed word that was formerly used solely as a slur but that has been semantically overturned by members of our group who use it as a term of defiant pride. It’s the most commonly used blanket term to cover everyone in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Our name is also a play on the words “peer review” which denotes that information has been reviewed by people working in the same field. This is true for our site: places are reviewed by your peers so that you will get the most accurate information possible.
What is a safe space?
A Safe Space is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express themselves, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, or physical or mental ability. It’s a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourages everyone to respect others.
Can I rate an un-safe space?
Adding a space to Queer Review does not identify it as being a safe space. The reviews and ratings from the community determine whether or not it’s safe. We want users to be able to find safe space and avoid un-safe spaces. Places also don’t necessarily have to be run by a company—for example, parks can be rated in the Entertainment category. Furthermore, we want businesses to be able to use our website as a tool to improve their practices.
Someone’s comments made me feel unsafe/triggered. Can I report it?
Yes. Submit a complaint here : Contact Us
There aren’t any LGBTQ+ spaces in my area. Is Queer Review useful to me?
Yes! Let people in your area know about the worst places. Also, let us know if there are some places that are better than others. For example, if you’re a trans woman who goes to a particular store where they let you use the fitting room of your choosing, this is important. We want the website to be as comprehensive as possible.
Why is it important to self-identify in my profile?
First of all, your email address and identity will always remain confidential. Secondly, identifying your race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. in your profile is important in helping Queer Review take an intersectional approach to safe spaces. For example, a cis gender, white, lesbian identified person may feel safe at a particular lesbian bar, but a trans gender woman of color who is also a lesbian may feel excluded from the space because of her gender expression or her race. The more we know about you, the more we can help each other! This is also why there are options for cis/trans male and cis/trans female rather than having just “male” or “female” —identity is important in identifying safe spaces.
Do I have to use my real name?
No! Here at Queer Review, we recognize that remaining anonymous is sometimes a matter of safety. You never need to reveal any personal information about yourself in order to use our resources or to add or rate a space.
Will there be an app?
Yes. Queer Review is currently in the process of obtaining funding to create a Queer Review app.