Munroe Bergdorf just launched a new online platform that she hopes will spread information, resources, and a sense of community among women, nonbinary individuals, and people who are intersex.
The model and trans rights activist -- who was recently announced as the keynote speaker for London Pride's 2019 Gala Dinner fundraising event -- unveiled the community platform, GODDESS, in an Instagram post on Wednesday, describing it as a place where the aforementioned groups can come together, organize events, fundraise each other's basic needs, and more.
The idea for the online community came to Bergdorf as she was trying to figure out how to use her corporate access and high social media follower counts to help other people.
"I'm constantly asked about how to to be an ally," she tells Out. "As I was thinking, I realized that, even though I work a lot, there's more I could do to utilize my social media platform to be beneficial for people who are like me and people who aren't like me."
The answer she came up with is GODDESS, hosted at the Instagram handle @goddessplatform. While the page is still in its early stages, with just over 4,000 followers at the time of publication, there are a few posts up, including one spotlighting Pose star Indya Moore and another highlighting the work of sex educator Ericka Hart.
There's also a video post calling for trans, nonbinary, and intersex individuals to submit the fundraiser links they use to cover surgery, medical transition, housing costs, and other basic needs. Bergdorf says that in the near future she will "pick one out of a hat on Instagram live" and spend the next two months promoting that fundraiser on all her social channels.
Along with creating content and crowdfunding GODDESS community members' basic needs, Bergdorf also hopes to use the Instagram-based platform to organize meetups, self-care sessions, and perhaps even a summit-style event.
"I want the platform to be a really positive space," Bergdorf says, "one where people can learn about other people and all of the amazing achievements we are making as women, nonbinary people, and intersex people -- just learning from each other and the amazing things we are achieving."