GUTS is ultimately about discovery as queer people navigating NYC. As the city with the highest concentration of LGBTQ-identifying residents (700,000+) and a vital and diverse array of resources and businesses, it can be overwhelming to know how to hone in on what to do, who to know, where to be. GUTS is here to facilitate exactly that.
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Whats the point of GUTS NYC?
GUTS NYC is an organism whose main function, like most organisms, is to procreate; an organism that includes all components of NYCs queer culture. Primarily, that would consist of a few vital organsthe user (you), queer businesses/institutions, and the team behind GUTS NYC (us). In the way our bodies we need a respiratory, circulatory, and a nervous system to survive, all of these things are co-dependent on one another to function.
Ostensibly, it can be argued that queer individuals can get along fine without queer businesses, and since GUTS NYC is only just launching, potential users have gotten by without us till now. But the organism GUTS NYC has never existed, and that is why we need you (the user, the business owner) to play your part so that queer NYC is not merely existing but flourishing.
We like to think of our job works like the circulatory or respiratory system in that we are mobilizing the life force (creativity and energy) throughout the greater organism so we, as a community, are functioning optimally and on all cylinders. If this sounds confusing, just think about how complex the human body is and how much we logistically take for granted because most of it operates automatically.
If I decide to play a part in GUTS NYC, whats in it for me?
The possibilities are only limited by what we each contribute to this larger organism. The primary incentive is that you will be able to discover things, via technology, in a much more organic and efficient way. For instance, youll know where your queer resources are and when the events youre interested in are happening. Youll gain incentives for your role when you check in to the businesses and institutions you visit. Youll also have an better idea of the users in these spaces which will make it that much easier to forge meaningful relationships, some of whom you may have overlooked.
As a user, youll also have the opportunity to inhabit a virtual space that you can furnish with the things you love and create so others have the chance to see just how dimensional and talented you are. Some of these discoveries may also present an opportunity to collaborate on a project or gig which can give you exposure and the chance to earn some money while youre at it.
Do I have to be queer to be a part of GUTS NYC?
The reason we use queer when describing our peers and our community is the elasticity the word has. For example, you could be heterosexual person but your gender identification may be more fluid. You can be a straight ally. Honestly, f**k all of the identification criteria. All we ask is that all users within the organism create content that is in pursuit of pushing the dialogue of queer NYC further to broaden and encompass the scope of how people both inside and outside of our community perceive what it means to be queer. So if you feel queer, or have insight to contribute to the creative advancement of queer culture, this is a great opportunity to make a case for it and tell your story through your unique voice.
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