It’s the kind of thing that makes your brain explode: a community where women share their stories and experiences.
But what’s even more amazing is that it’s one that’s growing at such a rapid pace.
In less than a year, there are now nearly 700 members of the Seven Oaks Women’s Diversity Forum (SWDCF), which aims to “create an inclusive and safe space for women, men, and allies to discuss and share their experiences in the LGBTQ community.”
According to the SWDCF’s website, it’s “an online forum for LGBTQ people of all backgrounds and identities to come together, share experiences and support one another, as well as find support and resources for navigating our shared community.”
For the uninitiated, the SWPCF is a social media community created by a group of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people, and it’s the brainchild of Lauren O’Leary, an American who’s also a social worker and author.
The group launched in 2014 as a place for women to share their LGBTQ experiences, but it quickly grew into a full-fledged women’s advocacy group.
In the past few years, the group has been praised for being an inclusive space for LGBTQ communities to share, but also for providing an outlet for those who felt excluded from those spaces.
“I think it’s incredibly empowering for a woman to be able to be in a space where she’s not afraid to say that she has a story and she’s seen something, that she’s experienced something and she can share it with other people,” O’Connor told BuzzFeed News.
“It’s a way for women of color to feel empowered and be able speak up, so that’s really what’s been exciting to me about the SWCF.”
For O’Learys, the idea of a women’s community where LGBTQ people can connect with one another has never been more important.
“When I first started to start reading about trans women, I was just like, ‘What’s that about?'” she told BuzzFeed.
“There’s so many trans women out there that are doing amazing things and I was like, I want to be a part of that.”
And I just feel like I’m a part.
There’s so much to be done, but I feel like it’s been a really good learning experience.
“O’Leary started the SWDCA with O’Neil in late 2016, and in the years since, the team has grown into a thriving community of more than 1,100 members.”
O’dloes’ journey to the center of the SWCCF community started when she was a child, when her mother started receiving messages from other LGBTQ families in a different town.””
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O’dloes’ journey to the center of the SWCCF community started when she was a child, when her mother started receiving messages from other LGBTQ families in a different town.
“At the time, I didn’t even know that there was a LGBTQ community,” O’dloses told BuzzFeed, explaining that she was “very shocked” when she found out about it.
“I just knew there was nothing there for me.”
My mother was very supportive of the idea and that we should have our own community and have our place to be.
“O’thews mother, Mary O’Boyle, told BuzzFeed that the initial push to create a LGBTQ-inclusive community in the family was “a big moment in my life.””
When O’Brien and O’Neill were growing up, they were also both part of a group called the Women’s Coalition for North America, which focused on “making sure that women were recognized as part of the LGBTQ agenda” and “helping to build a diverse and inclusive community.””
[My mom] was very proud of it.”
When O’Brien and O’Neill were growing up, they were also both part of a group called the Women’s Coalition for North America, which focused on “making sure that women were recognized as part of the LGBTQ agenda” and “helping to build a diverse and inclusive community.”
In 2015, the WCAN merged with the Women of Color Network, which was founded in the late 1970s by the late Rev. Shirley Chisholm.
The merger has since seen women from across the country come together to promote LGBTQ equality and to support each other in the fight for equality.
But O’Connells mother wasn’t a part, and O’thelys says it’s important to remember that the WCCC was founded as a community that was centered around a single woman.
“That’s not the case today,” she said.
“Women’s issues have always been a women-centered issue, and we have to look at that as a way to be inclusive, and that’s where we are now.”
O’s mother, for example, told the Guardian that the SWAC had a “huge amount of impact on my life” as a teenager, and she has “a lot of respect