The SQUAD SOCIAL story
We’ve all had moments in our lives when we’ve needed connections the most.
For me, moving city was one of them. When I moved to London in 2006 it was hard to make gay friends. It’s true for many people in the LGBT community that making real connections and meaningful relationships outside of sex is hard. By joining communities of queer people like InterTech, the Spikers Volleyball Club and WODProud that I found people like me - with common interests and passions. These friendships are the one that have stood the test of time - through the ups, the downs and everything in between.
Not having these connections is dangerous. We all know loneliness and isolation are on the rise in modern society, particularly within my community. We’re now at a place where suicide is a bigger killer of gay men than HIV. A third of those under 26 have attempted suicide in the past year and half of all queer people have experienced depression. Technology has played a part in this, as has LGBT culture, which has become stereotypical and over-sexualised.
It’s time we change this.
I started SQUAD SOCIAL to revolutionise the way queer people connect both online and off-. We’re building the platform for queer people to connect based on common interests beyond bars and hook-up apps. We just cannot keep living in a world where queer people are 3-5 times more likely to suffer from mental health issues and where two thirds of us don’t feel uncomfortable in heterosexual environments. It’s not good enough.
Join us - let’s be the change. Together.
Rob Curtis - Founder & CEO