!OutProud!, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and Oasis Magazine have announced the first-ever survey of queer and questioning youth on the Internet. The 150-question online survey runs through October 31, 1997 and is designed to provide insight into the multitude of issues facing queer youth today
The survey is designed to probe many areas of these young men's and women's lives, including:
"Queer youth have found the online world to be a supportive environment," said Christopher Kryzan, Executive Director of !OutProud! "The Internet and America Online have played a crucial role in helping this generation of queer youth to acknowledge and accept their sexual orientation. With this survey, we hope to provide them with a powerful voice."
Oasis Magazine is read by over 35,000 people each month. !OutProud!'s resources, which include the QueerAmerica online and Lambda Youth Network referral services, are used by more than 100,000 unique individuals each year.
Joining this effort are co-sponsors the American Civil Liberties Union, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and XY Magazine. In addition, an advisory panel of experts, including Dr. Michael Walker and Dr. Katherine Fordham of the University of San Francisco, Dr. Anthony D'Augelli of The Pennsylvania State University, and Warren J. Blumenfeld of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, have provided specific guidance in the design and analysis of this research.
"Our long-time and extensive presence on the Internet puts Oasis and !OutProud! in a unique position to reach queer youth as never before," said Jeff Walsh, Editor and Publisher of Oasis Magazine. "Each month we hear from countless teens as they are finding their way to self-acceptance and becoming a member of the greater queer community. Now, we intend to bring their issues to the mainstream."
The survey takes approximately thirty minutes to complete, and is delivered electronically via a special Web site at http://www.oasismag.com/survey/. A report based on the data will be published in January 1998.
!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 lesbigay youth to become happy, successful, confident and vital gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults. The organization pioneered outreach to in-the-closet and openly lesbigay teens through America Online and the Internet, and today serves more than 100,000 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 both to individuals and to other agencies working for the benefit of queer youth.
About Oasis Magazine
Oasis has published monthly since its inception in December 1995. It features over 50 young columnists ranging in age from 13 to their mid 20s. Over 35,000 readers visit Oasis each month at http://www.oasismag.com/ to read about their lives as queer and questioning youth. A larger queer youth online service is expected to be launched by Oasis Magazine in early 1998.