The website describes the idea and mission of the endeavour, the launch post states:
“Today, Seventeen is launching a new community called HERE. This will be a space dedicated to LGBTQ readers and allies aimed at amplifying the voices of LGBTQ-identified teenagers—something the world is missing right now. Both a resource and a place for teens to express themselves, we wanted to build a community we wish had existed when we were growing up.
Now, more than ever—one year after the election of Donald Trump—we need a strong community and a sense of visibility.
The queer community has been a central target in politics, especially in recent history. Trans women have been subject to innumerable hate crimes; LGBTQ people are three times more likely to contemplate suicide than their straight counterparts; the recent bathroom bills and proposed military ban have been direct attacks against transgender people; and, a year ago today, our country elected a new administration, which has acted time and time again to against the LGBTQ community.
This is already a lot for adults to process, but for teens who are still getting to know themselves and how they identify, it’s especially difficult to navigate through the world right now.
This year has been harder than we were ever prepared for—especially for queer immigrants and POC—but it has also proven the strength of the LGBTQ family. Through countless protests, events, and new works of art, we have started our own revolution, and it’s a revolution that is (at its best) inclusive and open to everyone. That’s why, on this one-year anniversary of election day, we want to make it clear that now more than ever, this community is standing together to make ourselves more visible, more united, and more powerful.
And so much of the future of the LGBTQ community lies in the hands of teenagers, who are, statistically, more likely to identify as queer than straight.
But from our own experiences as teenagers, it’s a lot harder to find the community that LGBTQ adults have. A lot of us don’t come out until our early twenties. Being queer outside of big cities can be isolating, lonely, and confusing, especially when you don’t see people in the media who look and think like you do. The editors of HERE have been through this, and we wanted to create the type of community we wish we’d had growing up—one that’s a safe space for queer teens to amplify their voices.
Queer people are everywhere, queer teens are everywhere, and, now more than ever, we need each other.
HERE is about representation and visibility. It’s about connecting teens with peers and stories they can relate to. It’s about family. The editors of HERE are here, and we’re queer, and we can’t wait to meet you.”
This year has seen a rise in the media getting behind the gay community in retaliation to what is seen as the erosion of gay rights coming from the White House.