San Rafael, California (August 24, 2000) OutProud, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and Oasis Magazine have announced a follow-on to their landmark 1997 survey of queer and questioning youth on the Internet. The new, 180-question online survey launches on September 1 and runs through October 31, 2000 and is designed to provide insight into the multitude of issues facing queer youth today, including:
"The Internet and America Online have played a crucial role in the development of a queer youth community," said Christopher Kryzan, Executive Director of OutProud. "This generation, as never before, has access to the information that has helped them acknowledge and accept their sexual orientation. Now, we are expanding upon our earlier research to provide the most complete picture ever of the lives of queer youth."
Oasis Magazine is read by over 60,000 people each month. OutProud's resources, which include the QueerAmerica referral service and Outpath Coming-out Archives, are used by more than 125,000 unique individuals each year.
"The unique nature of the Internet enabled the results of our 1997 survey to include the responses of closeted queer and questioning youth, whereas previous surveys always required some degree of disclosure,"," said Jeff Walsh, Editor and Publisher of Oasis Magazine. "Our long-term presence on the Internet has put Oasis and OutProud into a unique position to reach the queer youth community."
The survey takes approximately thirty minutes to complete, and is delivered electronically via a special Web site at http://www.outproud.org/survey/. The survey is customized for each respondent, based on their answers as it is administered. A report based on the data will be published in January 2001.
OutProud, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth was founded in 1993 to provide advocacy, information, resources and support with the goal of helping queer youth to become happy, successful, confident and vital gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults. The organization pioneered outreach to in-the-closet and openly queer teens through America Online and the Internet, and today serves more than 125,000 youth each year with referrals and self-help resources, and activists and educators with organizing and training materials. OutProud is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and provides services to individuals and to agencies working for the benefit of queer youth.
About Oasis Magazine
Oasis has published monthly since its inception in December 1995. It features over 70 young columnists ranging in age from 12 to their mid 20s. More than 60,000 readers visit Oasis each month at http://www.oasismag.com/ to read about their lives as queer and questioning youth. Oasis is expected to rebrand itself as an interactive queer youth writing community this fall.