June 15, 2021 – Paris – Yubo, the leading platform for young people to socialise online, today announced it has added 35 additional gender identities and 50 pronouns to its platform. The update strengthens Yubo’s support towards it’s young users and positions the platform as the first to offer pronouns and genders in multiple languages, including 11 others in addition to English.
Yubo is committed to being a platform where Gen Z can express themselves, without fear of judgement, especially for the LGBTQIA+ community, which has always been an active and important user base for the platform. Since April 2020, 2.8 million Yubo users feature the Pride Flag in their bio, with more than 4,000 LGBTQIA+ centric livestreams taking place each day, adding up to an average of 1.45 million livestreams per year internationally, discussing gender identity, sexuality, LGBTQIA+ politics, debates, and more.
In conjunction with LGBTQIA+ focused NGO, Mermaids, who seek to educate and inform wider society on gender identity by helping professionals accommodate and reassure gender-diverse young people, the below genders have been added to the platform, as of today. In alphabetical order:
The below pronouns have been added to the app, so users can add their chosen pronouns to their tag section on their profiles. In alphabetical order:
“Since I joined in 2019, Yubo has had a special place in my life. It's where I can be myself, be true about my interests, and share my hopes and dreams with other people in my community. Through Yubo, I've met new friends from around the world, and connected further with other members of the LGBTQ+ community on the app. Adding more pronouns allows people to be more themselves, and allows them to identify themselves by their desired pronouns. Yubo is consistently building an even more inclusive platform to connect, inspire, and share your life with others, and listens to what their LGBTQ+ users want to see within their app.” – Alex, he, him, his (18)
“Since the onset of Yubo, we’ve believed in being a platform where there is a space for everyone.” said Sacha Lazimi, CEO and Co–Founder of Yubo. “It’s important that younger generations feel seen, accepted, and have methods of expressing themselves, especially in online and digital environments. This is an important step in ensuring that our entire community feel accepted and included when making new friends on the app, providing our LGBTQIA+ users with a variety of genders, so they are able to represent themselves authentically.”
Matt Moore, Corporate Fundraising Manager at LGBTQIA+ focused NGO, Mermaids, said “It’s extremely important that organisations like Yubo are taking these steps to make their platforms a more inclusive place for gender-diverse young people. We are glad to see that Yubo is constantly working to make the app a space where Gen Z members of the LGBTQIA+ community can express themselves, without fear of judgement.”
Throughout Pride Month, Yubo will feature several international in-app conversations and panels discussing key issues and topics that are top of mind for LGBTQIA+ youth. Yubo worked together with its users - in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, and Australia - who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community to pick the topics they felt were the most pressing between each other and allies.
Ash, a 18 years old French user explains "It's a great initiative that Yubo has had. These lives allow young people from the LGBTQIA+ community to exchange on many different themes. Adolescence is a time when we are searching for ourselves, and thanks to Yubo and the LGBTQIA+ community present on the app, I was able to put my questions into words. Now I know that I am non-binary and I am looking forward to the gender fluidity live show! ".
Australian Yubo user and LGBTQIA+ community member Asher (she/her), add, “I’ve made so many amazing friends who also identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community through Yubo. I absolutely love how open and supportive we are towards one another, and I’m very thankful to have genuine friends to bond over our unique experiences with at the touch of an app.”
Watch and chat in LGBTQIA+ streams
Looking to discuss gender identity, or just have fun? We have a full program of LGBTQIA+ events featured on Yubo throughout the month of June.
Here is the programme of the