Engage every LGBTQIA+ and Ally person in Greater Austin, across differences in age, race, gender, class, orientation, etc.
Connect each LGBTQIA+ community member with resources they can use to improve their wellbeing.
Support our partner LGBTQIA+ organizations and businesses so they can grow to meet our diverse community’s needs.
Build Strong Community Connections
Improve LGBTQIA+ Physical and Mental Health
Advocate for Safe, Healthy Places to Live
Increase Capacity with Lifelong Learning
Guarantee Economic Opportunity
Inspire a Positive Outlook
The Census will clarify our numbers and geographic dispersal, and the Survey will provide data about how each of us is doing in life.
Everyone should be able to easily find safe wellbeing resources wherever they live in the Austin area.
The best way to make sure no one falls through the cracks is to make LGBTQA community the rule instead of the exception.
LGBTQA support team volunteers will receive access to wellbeing services they can use to improve their quality of life.
Strong partners help make a healthy community. QWELL is dedicated to expanding our partners’ work, not duplicating it.
Revenue streams from digital tools and a mixed-use development will help QWELL support our community members and partners.
How LGBTQIA+ people feel about their lives, and their individual experience of the community, influences their optimism about the world around them.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Physical and mental health are the cornerstone of good quality of life. When LGBTQIA+ individuals, families, and neighborhoods are healthy, our people flourish.
RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
LGBTQIA+ people’s bonds with family, partners, friends, and people around us are a huge part of what makes us feel good or bad about life. Human beings thrive in a diverse, intergenerational, positive social structure.
The place around you matters. Your physical environment, natural or human-made, impacts your wellbeing. Austinites deserve healthy, affordable, safe places to live as openly LGBTQIA+ people of any age.
Skills training and lifelong learning, in and out of the classroom, promote mental development, personal growth, and challenging experiences.
Austin’s vibrant economy should include LGBTQIA-welcoming job training, employment, and chances for advancement, to create an environment where all LGBTQIA+ people can afford to make ends meet and may achieve all they hope to accomplish.
FROM WHERE DOES THIS DEFINITION OF WELLBEING COME?
QWELL is working with Santa Monica’s “Wellbeing Index,” a tool for measuring municipal wellbeing developed through a $1M grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Here are five examples of service providers for each of the various aspects of wellbeing. This is not a comprehensive list. Please visit CityPride.org to register as an LGBTQIA-safe business, organization, or group.
QWELL Project Manager Clayton Gibson communicates regularly with City Council staff and the LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission. We hope the City will be a vital QWELL partner.
We will begin offering some support teams in 2020, and expanding the availability of these across the Austin area over time. Contact QWELL if you’d like to help develop the small group model or be trained as a group leader.
We believe that community is action-based, not identity-based. That means, if you want the benefits of being part of the LGBTQIA+ community, you have to show up for others, for example, by participating in a support team or volunteering for one of our partner organizations.
Our allies are important to the LGBTQIA+ community, and QWELL values and honors their support. Hundreds of thousands of LGBTQIA+ people live in greater Austin, and each of them has multiple allies. We need their help to improve LGBTQIA+ wellbeing, too.