Morgen Bromell is a founder and technologist working to make tech more accessible to people of color through justice-based initiatives and tech activism. Apart from being the founder of Thurst, a dating app for the LGBTQIA+ community, they are also deeply invested in community building and documenting queer histories, particularly how queer and trans people use digital resources and online platforms to navigate our world.
What do you plan to do during Phase 1 of Rapid Response?
I plan on creating a design guide & tool list that will assist designers, creators, and developers of other platforms, apps, and websites to include and center people of any gender (or no gender) looking to utilize their project or online space. One of our goals is to make online spaces, especially those that emphasize social connection, more accessible and safe for the LGBTQIA+ community and alleviate the need for space, intra-community discourse and connection, and resource sharing.
How does your work relate to the theme of the open call?
My work and the development of Thurst directly relates to building a better digital future – we center the needs of the most marginalized within our communities: Black and brown trans folks, many of whom are forced to navigate online spaces, especially apps very differently given that our security, safety, and social needs are rarely considered in the development process. We are active in creating protocols and platforms that will improve our communities online experience and shift how other development and design teams consider their creation processes.
What does the future look like to you?
The future to me is decolonized, free, and Black.
What is your grounding ethos?
I’m grounded by Black radicalism and the constant struggle towards Black liberation, especially for Black trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people.