An Update on Daniel's Startup Endeavors

To my dear friends, family, supporters, and followers,

With 2021 upon us, I thought I would take a moment to update all of you on where the last year has taken me and my business endeavors, as well as where I am headed in 2021 and beyond.

Many of you may recall I moved to Oakland, California in April of 2020, in the middle of the pandemic and with the ambitious plan of launching QueerWell, a mindfulness based app for the LGBTQIA+ community. Where did that lead me? Well, in short, in the summer of 2020, my own chronic health conditions required more of my attention than I had bargained for and I made the tough decision to put QueerWell on hold. I also took time to focus on my own gender transition and taking deeper steps in my medical transition to maleness. A gender transition can feel like a part time job and I'm grateful for the time and space that COVID allowed me to walk deeper into alignment with who I am. This is the core of what I want my future company to be.

I'm very grateful that I did, however, and in time as I have had new insights and direction about where I would like to take this company. In the past year, I made the decision to go back to work as a therapist and I renewed my license as an Associate Marriage and Family therapist, going into private practice as a therapist with a San Francisco based therapy group. I saw the growing need for therapists equipped with the tools and insight to work with the specific needs of the LGBTQIA community and I remain committed to a career in service of my community's mental health, well-being, and happiness.

I have shifted the concept of my company back to its original idea, QueerPsych, which is shorthand for "Queering Psychology."

The psychological community has a long and complicated relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community and I've written about that elsewhere. Increasingly, there is a movement of practitioners and therapists committed to making psychological healing spaces more attuned and attentive to the needs of our community. We're making progress.

But what we still lack as a community is a unified way of bringing together the knowledge and expertise of our community, more than ever in these digital times we're in. QueerPsych aspires to bring together practitioners and members of the LGBTQIA+ community for a one-stop digital shop for our psychological, well-being, and happiness needs. I imagine a space where people can find trusted information and easy access to a list of practitioners who are attuned to our unique needs as a community.

In 2021, it is my hope to continue to move forward with the idea of QueerPsych, beginning right here with my blog, a trusted source of information on health, happiness, mental health, well-being, love, sex, and dating, and more. Beyond that, more will be revealed in terms of how we develop.

As with all things this past year, life didn't unfold exactly how I had imagined. Forces beyond my control made starting a company all the more difficult. But I'm also excited to bring my expertise as a licensed clinician to the table, which means QueerPsych is going to be run by experts in the field. People who know their stuff. And people with the chops to back up the information and resources we put on our site. As I've sat with my clients as I'm back in the therapist role, I feel more in touch with and connected to the challenges our community is facing right now. And I feel confident that in time, with the right people and the right intentions, that we can grow from a little blog to a company with the potential for impact.

Until then, I encourage you to check back here for updates or to follow along with our Instagram, which will be getting a facelift soon enough. To all of you that supported me in this past year, whether through giving to the initial efforts of QueerWell or to my gender affirming care, I am deeply grateful to all of you.

With humble gratitude,

Danni Lyons


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