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QWELL Austin Texas LGBTQ Community Foundation for Queer Wellbeing
Austin Texas LGBT Queer Health QWELL Austin Community Foundation
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Many LGBTQIA+ Austinites struggle
to be happy, healthy, and successful.

AUSTIN IS RENOWN AS
AN LGBTQIA+ SANCTUARY.

But, as wonderful and welcoming as Austin is,
most LGBTQIA+ residents do not have an easy time.

IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO
TAKE AUSTIN’S REPUTATION AND
#MAKEITREAL.

QWELL HAS 3 GOALS

ENGAGE

Engage every LGBTQIA+ and Ally person in Greater Austin, across differences in age, race, gender, class, orientation, etc.

CONNECT

Connect each LGBTQIA+ community member with resources they can use to improve their wellbeing.

SUPPORT

Support our partner LGBTQIA+ organizations and businesses so they can grow to meet our diverse community’s needs.

The QWELL strategy will:

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

Our Plan

CONDUCT AN ONGOING LGBTQA CENSUS & QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY

The Census will clarify our numbers and geographic dispersal, and the Survey will provide data about how each of us is doing in life.

IDENTIFY LGBTQ-AFFIRMING WELLBEING SERVICE PROVIDERS

Everyone should be able to easily find safe wellbeing resources wherever they live in the Austin area.

ENGAGE EVERY LGBTQA RESIDENT IN A LIFE SUPPORT TEAM

The best way to make sure no one falls through the cracks is to make LGBTQA community the rule instead of the exception.

CONNECT EACH TEAM MEMBER WITH WELLBEING SERVICES

LGBTQA support team volunteers will receive access to wellbeing services they can use to improve their quality of life.

SUPPORT LGBTQA ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES

Strong partners help make a healthy community. QWELL is dedicated to expanding our partners’ work, not duplicating it.

CREATE A SELF-SUSTAINING MODEL THAT BECOMES A DEFINING PERK OF AUSTIN LIFE

Revenue streams from digital tools and a mixed-use development will help QWELL support our community members and partners.

The QWELL plan was created with
input from representatives of:

  • AGLCC
  • aGLIFF
  • AIDS Services Austin
  • allgo
  • Austin Black Pride
  • Austin Chronicle
  • Austin International Drag Foundation
  • Austin LGBT Bar Association
  • Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission
  • Austin Pride
  • Austin Queer Yoga Collective
  • City of Austin
  • Dell Medical School – CPBI
  • Dynamic Therapy
  • Equality Texas
  • HEAT Boot Camp
  • HRC Austin
  • Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership
  • Ideation League
  • Jelani Consulting
  • KIND Clinic
  • LGBT Coalition on Aging
  • LifeWorks
  • MyOutSpirit.com
  • NAMI Austin
  • Out Youth
  • PFLAG Austin
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Pride Interfaith Partnership
  • Project Transitions
  • St. David’s Foundation
  • TENT
  • The Q
  • The Wellbeing Project
  • Transform Fitness
  • UT Gender & Sexuality Center
  • UT Department of Social Work
  • Waterloo Counseling Center
  • Whatsinthemirror?
  • Work It! Personal Training
SHARE YOUR VISION
 Imagine Austin as the best place on earth to be LGBTQ. What do you see?

POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE

Check out some of the visions LGBTQIA+ Austinites have already shared
Check all the problems with which you or
LGBTQIA+ Austinites you know have wrestled:
DO YOUR PART
Together, we can create
a healthier LGBTQIA+ community.

FAQ

What does QWELL mean by wellbeing?

OUTLOOK

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.

LIVED ENVIRONMENT

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.

LEARNING

Skills training and lifelong learning, in and out of the classroom, promote mental development, personal growth, and challenging experiences.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

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.

What are some examples of "wellbeing service providers?"

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.

PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • Medical professionals and clinics
  • Fitness centers and trainers
  • Yoga studios
  • Chiropractors
  • Weight-loss services

MENTAL HEALTH

  • Psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers
  • Counseling centers
  • Depression screening
  • Life coaches
  • Recovery services

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

  • Faith communities
  • Parenting support
  • Meet-up groups
  • Sports leagues
  • Cultural events

LIVING ENVIRONMENT

  • Single-family home developers, apartment communities, and housing co-ops
  • Green energy solutions
  • Security services
  • Architects
  • Neighborhood associations

LEARNING

  • School districts, private schools, universities
  • Adult learning opportunities
  • Job training services
  • Language education (ESL, ASL, etc.)
  • Certification programs

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

    • Job fairs, job search websites, job placement services
    • Small business support systems
    • Tax preparation services
    • Resume or career coaching
  • Mentoring programs

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes! QWELL is a project of Austin Community Foundation. Just click here to donate.

Is QWELL working with the City of Austin?

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.

When can I join a support team?

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.

What do you consider an “active community member?”

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.

Why include the “A” for Allies?

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.