Ep 243: Glimmer: A New Network for Comprehensive Sexual, Mental, and Physical Health Services for LGBTQ-BIPOC with Grace Stephenson
October 19, 2020
The lack of freedom and versatility in the nonprofit world pushed this young entrepreneur to take on a path less traveled. The gap she saw in the service is the beginning of Glimmer.
“If you have a vision and you want to do something, do it. If I can do it, I feel like anyone can do it.”
Grace Stephenson comes from the sex education and nonprofit world, with experience in womxn’s health, LGBTQIA+ community services, and HIV/AIDS prevention and education. She turned her vision into a massive free online community for womxn, QTBIPOC, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Glimmer of Hope
Glimmer allows its members to have a community that makes them feel powerful, loved, and understood. It provides members the ability to explore inclusive education, virtual events, shops, and art.
Their goal is to increase access to personalized mental and sexual health services by finding the right therapists. They hope to take away the “hard parts” of accessing comprehensive and affirming sexual health, mental health, sex education, and physical health services.
They go through therapists or mental and sexual health professionals’ directory and interview them to make sure that they’re affirming and empowering. They will then match them to their clients based on their personality, insurance, and location.
It’s A Space For Us
As they move forward, they hope to encourage the lifting up of other womxn, QTBIPOC & queer-owned professionals, artists, and businesses. They set their eyes on the future with more collaborative education, presentations, and podcasts that feature the therapists they have on Glimmer that people can tune in for free. From there to eventually build physical spaces worldwide.
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