## Inspiration Change starts with us… if parents can accept and raise an autistic child or disabled child, and support them throughout their life then why is there so much resistance to accepting your own child's identity if they turned out to be LGBT at any point of their development?
Being an LGBTQ+-seeking out for affirmation to join a Facebook group, getting assistance from community organizations, and continuously struggling to discover your identity should always be secondary resources. Family and parental acceptance must come first.
Based on a Harvard business study, if an LGBT child gets at least one parent affirmation then the chances of depression, suicides, and mental issues decrease by 40%.
An estimated 3 million LGBT Americans have had a child and as many as 6 million American children and adults have an LGBT parent. Among those under age 50 who are living alone or with a spouse or partner, nearly half of LGBT women (48%) are raising a child under age 18 along with a fifth of LGBT men (20%).
## What it does Our VR/AR based short animated movie will educate new parents about LGBT right after their childbirth or during part of their adoption process by offering subsidized LGBTQ+-friendly counseling resources, access to LGBTQ+ literature and resources. As a result, these future LGBT parents will focus on sharing, caring, and bonding as a means to provide a safety net for their children.
## How we built it Spent most of the time researching and educating myself about LGBT, their struggles, issues, and the most pressing current challenges they are still facing in 2021.
## Challenges we ran into Having very limited knowledge about LGBTQ, and their socio-economic status. Even though I have few friends but I am really hesitant to reach out to them due to social stigma.
## Accomplishments that we're proud of Got educated about LGBT and their current challenges, which would definitely change my perspective towards this segment.
## What we learned It's really difficult to get in touch with a real-life persona and discuss their physical and emotional issues due to their lack of self-confidence and self-acceptance.
## What's next for Parents Education Portal We hope to make this free-to-use parent portal leveraging VR/AR platform to make it more engaging and exciting, as many particularly at-risk LGBTQ+ families are low-income and/or don't have access to their own private credit or debit card. This would protect the identity of the family so that they aren't forcefully outed and can have a safe, accessible tool to help them navigate their journey. As a result, we hope to fund our platform through grants and partnerships with NGOs, governments, healthcare systems and rely on these sorts of donors and donations to keep our portal as free (or as close to free) as possible.
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