You don’t have to be a prince, journalist, writer, author, reporter or queen, to join and interact with our diverse community. But, if you want to post articles, news and resources regularly, without having to wait for approval by an administrator you will need to fill out an online application form.

My Rainbow Network is “Approved by Big Guest Posting Website” but, what does this mean for you? It means, myrainbownetwork.com has been reviewed by experts in the field of blogging, SEO and internet marketing and passed the following criteria.

  • Domain name has not expired and become part of a Public Blog Network
  • Website’s content is original, high quality and informative
  • Website is not performing any SEO activities that are putting it at risk of being deindexed
  • Website is not selling a large number of guest posts, also know as a Guest Post Farm
  • Website is not promoting any unethical or illegal content or media that may damage your brand’s reputation.

My Rainbow Net Pty. Ltd. was founded by Victor van der Meer, who saw a gap to create a decentralised social environment, where all users can feel included and meet peers like them. You can help us become a beacon for social change, and lock phobia and stigma in the closet. So, our youth can develop a strong sense of self and acceptance in this world. This message is for you, your children, your clients, your students, your relatives, your neighbours and your children’s friends who may identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and other “queer” minority groups.

My Rainbow Network is an online community, presenting individuals and minority groups alike with an opportunity to leverage their voices in the community, connecting peers across a multidisciplinary social environment, that fosters social inclusion for people like you, all over the world.  Streamlining rainbow friendly news, current affairs and support out to disadvantaged youth, our aim is to become a venerable educator, helping shape the future for our rainbow community.

Although all young people face challenges as they grow up, The Rainbow Community have the added struggle that they might not be accepted as a result of their sexual orientation. Regardless of a young person’s sexual orientation, we can all agree that a positive youth development framework can influence a young person’s ability to overcome adversity by, strengthening peer support and education in the communities we serve.

For instance, many rainbow diverse youth are bullied, some are kicked out of their homes which can lead to high-risk behaviours and end up suffering from depression and other mental health issues.

All these minority groups, and heterosexual people face a variety of challenges, not limited to environmental, social, political and economic factors that shape our society, and how we view ourselves as well as their perception of how others see them.At the end of the day, it’s our youth who are most vulnerable to conjecture, the same youth who attend your program, schools, faith-based institutions, colleges and universities, are the same youth who must lead our future generations to come.

The Sociological Imagination Process

Using your sociological imagination will help you to think critically, and practicing your critical thinking will expand your sociological imagination.

Sociologists differ in their understanding of the concept, but the range suggests several important commonalities. Together, they conclude that: C. Wright Mills defined sociological imagination as “the awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society”.

The Rainbow Community may assume that they will be negatively judged for their sexual orientation and may experience intense fear and/or anxiety that prevent them from being open about their sexual orientation. The perception of homophobia from the community (whether accurate or not) and the internalising of negative things that they have heard about being “gay” can lead to misconceptions and confusion about Sexual fluidity (asexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and heterosexuality).

Key LGBT + IPAQ statistics

The Rainbow Community suffer alarmingly high rates of bullying and violence in schools, alcohol and drug use, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV/AIDS), suicide and homelessness. Some statistics include:

  • 84.6 percent of LGB students reported being verbally harassed
  • 40.1 percent reported being physically harassed
  • 18.8 percent reported being physically assaulted

at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.1

  • Nearly two-thirds (61.1 percent) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation.1
  • 38.4 percent of The Rainbow Community drank alcohol before age 13, compared with 21.3 percent of heterosexual youth.2

Many The Rainbow Community experience high levels of homelessness or “couch surfing” because of their sexual orientation.

A couch surfer is a transient person who moves from friend to friend, sleeping on couches. In some instances, LGBT youth are forced to exchange sex for shelter, behaviour that can lead to commercial sex work and/or using and/or abusing drugs and alcohol. Twenty to forty percent of the homeless youth population is gay or transgender, compared with only 5 to 10 percent of the overall youth population, and 58 percent of homeless gay and transgender youth have been sexually assaulted.

The LGB Community report rates of suicide attempts from 20 to 40 percent and lifetime prevalence suicide attempt rates ranging from 7 to 20 percent as adults.

1 Different statistics apply to different groups of youth. Lesbian (L), gay (G) bisexual (B) trans (T) intersex (I) pansexual (P) asexual (A) queer (Q) youth are known as the “Rainbow CoOmmunity” or LGBTIPAQ as a group; if a letter or letters are omitted, the statistic applies only to the relevant youth. For instance, LB youth refers to lesbian and bisexual youth only.
2 Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. (2009). 2009 National School Climate Survey: Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT + IPAQ students experience harassment in school. Washington, DC: GLSEN.org. Retrieved April 30, 2012, from https://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/2624.html 3 Washington, H. A. (2002). Burning love: Big tobacco takes aim at LGBT + IPAQ youth. American Journal of Public Health 92(7), 1086–1095.

Sexual orientation

An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.

Gender identity

One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.

Gender expression

The external appearance of one’s gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.

Intersex

The intersex definition is a person is born with a combination of male and female biological characteristics, such as chromosomes or genitals, that can make it difficult for doctors to assign their sex as distinctly male or female.

Transgender

An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual etc.

Gender transition

The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions. Read more.

Gender dysphoria

Clinically significant distress caused when a person’s assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the term – which replaces Gender Identity Disorder – “is intended to better characterise the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults.”

Source: https://www.hrc.org/resources/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-terminology-and-definitions

That’s what makes My Rainbow Network so diverse and unique.

My Rainbow Network will keep you updated with the latest news, blogs and resources, all you have to do is visit: www.myrainbownetwork.com. A safe and anonymous way for peers to network and connect with peers and allies like them, without the fear, judgment or discrimination.

If you are a leader, blogger, reporter, organisation, journalist, or activist, who is interested in blogging for us – Register here. Then send us an email to contact@myrainbownetwork.com so we can update your account.

Research suggests that one in four individuals who identify as LGBTI+ say they do not feel they have any support at school, work or home. For a majority of rainbow youths, the internet is the only place they can go to find information and resources about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex people in the community.

In countries where attitudes are still hostile towards same-sex relations and trans people, LGBTIQ+ people often grow up feeling isolated and invisible. This is largely due to the lack of education and resources available in the community.

How does it work?

My Rainbow Network aggregates news and content to support social inclusion for LGBTIQ+ people in the community, and mainstream media – helping put stigma and fear back in the closet!

Who can join?

Helping streamline education, awareness and inclusion out to the community and underserviced youth. Anyone, we welcome bloggers, leaders, advocates, writers and users from all walks of life who want to contribute content, with the opportunity to do so. As a contributor, you’ll have access to create unlimited stories, quizzes, blogs, polls, lists and forums, including uploading audio and video content.

Do you have your own blog or website?

Fantastic, My Rainbow Network is a great way to promote it and attract natural links, that can directly improve the reputation of your website or blog and where it ranks in Google, and other search engines.

All you have to do is submit your blog or feeds link, below for review.


Objective & Purposes

Helping identify the social barriers that inhibit human growth and potential, Our purpose is to encourage participation for all members’ and contributions in the community, to inspire constructive dialogue and opinions to address some of today’s biggest human rights violations and social problems.

Our aspirations are to;

  • advance health, and knowledge
  • advance education for youth in regional areas
  • advance social and public welfare
  • advance culture and preserve rainbow pride history
  • Promote reconciliation and cultural tolerance
  • Protecting human rights