The Association of Magazine Media

THEM

them, Condé Nast’s next-gen LGBTQ platform celebrating the stories, people, and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, launched today under the direction of chief content officer Phillip Picardi. The debut offers features centered around the theme of bullying – how to cope with online trolling, how it feels to be bullied, how it feels to be the bully, and more. Site launch partners include Burberry, Google, Lyft and GLAAD.

To celebrate the site’s launch, Condé Nast and Durst partnered to light the One World Trade Center spire in rainbow colors tonight. Funds will be donated to GLAAD.

**

Why I Re-Tweet My Trolls, by Chelsea Manning

http://bit.ly/2gEFwvm

Chelsea Manning is not intimidated by online harassment, and believes we can work together to ensure that everyone feels safe and less alone. In this piece, she shares her advice on how to deal with the trolls, and how to build an actively engaged, supportive community online.

On the pervasiveness of trolling:

“Online harassment is as widespread as it is diverse. Regardless of its form, the objective is the same: to bring down morale and confidence—to ‘own’ you, and to ‘destroy’ you. The target is usually the core of who we are—how we express ourselves, how we connect with friends, or how we even just live, learn, and exist online. As we become more visible, we become more vulnerable.”

On finding empowerment:

“For me, I came to find encouragement in other people—especially prisoners—and from within myself. That’s where the phrase ‘we got this’ came from. #WeGotThis isn’t just a phrase—it’s the ability to find hope and encouragement despite overwhelming odds.

VIDEO: Our Bullies

http://bit.ly/2yU0n8r

them senior editor Meredith Talusan and seven other members of the LGBTQ+ community, including model and musician Cory Wade, spent a day with the organization Narrative4 telling stories about their individual experiences with bullying, and how these experiences have molded them into the people they are today. In a thoughtful story exchange, them invited queer people who have been bullied to face off with queer people who are former bullies themselves — provoking conversations about internalized hatred, the policing that happens within our own communities, and how we can all foster a more supportive environment for members of our queer family.

Munroe Bergdorf’s Survival Guide for Black Trans Women on the Internet

http://bit.ly/2li9fzD

The outspoken model, who has confronted both the extreme highs and extreme lows of the internet, shares her digital survival guide for staying safe, sane, and strong online.

On not comparing one’s personal journey to those of others:

“In the eyes of society, a trans woman only has a ‘successful transition’ when she is beautiful. This is not and has never been the case. A successful transition is your ability to go through life as your true self and be happy. Whether or not you fit a binary standard of beauty has nothing to do with your success. Ensure that the spaces you visit online encourage you on your journey rather than pressure you into looking or presenting in a way that is not who you are or where you are at.”

On how to deal with trolls:

“Trolls thrive on attention, the more attention you give them and the more you allow them to get a rise out of you, the more they will target you and other girls like us. Take their voice away, because it is all they have.”

**

The site’s name is inspired by the pronoun “them,” and is a promise that them won’t cater to just one gender, but will be an inclusive space for all readers, including the trans and nonbinary community.

About them:
them, a next-generation community platform, chronicles and celebrates the stories, people and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, ranging in topics from pop culture and style to politics and news, all through the lens of today’s LGBTQ community. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Media Contact:

Jill Weiskopf, jill_weiskopf@condenast.com

 

 

Date: 
Thursday, October 26, 2017