San Diego-based Lips, an Instagram alternative and soon-to-be social commerce platform built by and especially for women, non-binary folks, and the LGBTQIA+ community is currently raising $50K on Wefunder.
The idea behind Lips is to create safe space online for users to express themselves openly and honestly without biased censorship or harassment. Lips was built together with artists, brands, sex workers, BIPOC, and the LGBTQIA+ community, and plans to focus on marginalized voices and experiences in the app’s design as it grows.
“I myself am a member of the LGBTQ community, as well as an abuse and eating disorder survivor whose mental health was made worse by the lack of diverse bodies and honest discussions of sexuality in popular media. I am also an older sister, and aimed to create a space in which my sister and others could avoid hate and express their authentic selves”, shares Lips founder Annie Brown.