Rest & The Way Forward for Queeret
First off, thanks so much to everyone who has reached, whether by email, Instagram, or some other way across the Interwebs.
Just over 10 months ago, I began queeret as an Instagram account. Being a queer introvert myself, I wondered if other queer introverts were out there in the world. To be honest, I didn’t think there were many of us.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s been amazing to see so many queer folx who are looking for queer, quiet, and sober spaces to just be with one another.
In these 10 months, we’ve had gatherings in NYC, Brooklyn, Austin, TX, Atlanta, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Florida, Paris, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and soon to be in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Ypsilanti.
We also launched a beautiful series, called Practices for Queer Resilience — a 7-day email series to help queer folx cultivate resilience practices.
Over these last 10 months, I’ve been running queeret on my own — outside of my full-time job and now, in addition to going to school part-time.
I’m so proud of what’s been built thus far.
I’m excited for this community to continue growing. In order for that to happen, I need to take a break.
Although the last 10 months have been rewarding, I’m utterly exhausted. My tank is empty. I haven’t had the time or space to really think about the direction queeret should go. And that’s something I really want to do. To slow down. Hear from the community. And be deliberate about what’s next.
I’m going to take a hiatus from queeret and come back on October 1. During this off-time, I won’t be completely gone. We’ll still post about three times per week on Instagram and continue the weekly newsletter. And we’ll still have gatherings that are already have dates — so check out our gatherings page here.
But we’re holding off on expanding to new cities. I want to build queeret the right way and in order to do that, I need to give myself time to rest. To renew. So we can move forward in a way that feels true to the mission and to myself.
So enjoy the rest of the summer and we’ll be back come fall with some exciting news about next steps! In the meantime, if you’re interested in running a DIY sort of qalm gathering, feel free to get one of our qonversation decks and queeret buttons.
Thank you again for all of your support and encouragement.
In quiet solidarity,