The premise of The Cookout is simple- we provide a safe space on the internet for members of the African Diaspora, especially Black women and Black LBGT people.
As simple as this task should be, most social media platforms often allow anti-blackness, sexism and misogynoir, and homophobia to go unchecked, allowing those affected by those intersections of oppressive thought, action, and legislation to be endlessly attacked by bad-faith actors who use the anonymity of the internet to spread harmful ideologies.
The Cookout, a community created by Black LBGT+ Black women, is a space where those who are often on the margins of larger platforms are relocated from the margins to the center. As a result, the community standards of The Cookout look a little bit different than what Cookout members who come from other platforms are used to- so are our methods of policing the space.
On most platforms, when you are banned, you can see the posts and comments of others, you simply can not engage. This is not true of The Cookout. When you are banned here, you are completely cut off from the community and not allowed to log back in for a designated amount of time, starting at 24 hours. You will always receive a warning about your behavior prior to being banned. We recommend that you heed that warning.
The Cookout is an app, but it is also a community and a culture. We are imagining a Black community beyond colonizer surveillance, sexism, anti-blackness, homo/transphobia, rape culture, and similar low-level thinking. Our community is based around three values we feel sum up what was missing in our social media experience in other spaces.
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