BALMA, a new smartphone app set for launch soon, describes itself as a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community with the aim of creating a diverse global support network and a more tolerant world.
In keeping with Pride Month in June, iGlobal caught up with its British Indian creator, Peter Singh, to explore the vision behind this new networking concept. He explains that the idea was born in the aftermath of the Indian Supreme Court decision to legalise homosexuality and transgender relationships in September 2018, as a means to bring the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual [LGBTQIA+] community closer on an international scale.
It wasn t just feeling joy for my community in India that made me want to create an app like BALMA. I was so encouraged to see this level of acceptance in India that it made me realise that the true path to tolerance is to bring people together, reflects Peter.
BALMA strives to connect others whilst also celebrating diversity and inclusivity in a fun and easy way, through some distinctive and customised profile features. The app supports everyone, be it differently-abled people so they can connect with other differently-abled people or with someone who is able-bodied; and can also help those who aren t yet out, to come out to socialise and meet people in a safe and supportive environment.
Businesses, venues, and events can register to promote themselves as a welcoming and safe space for everyone.The multi-dimensional, social networking app claims to offer a number of unique features, including an integrated GPS system. This allows users to connect and make new friendships in any country they visit, if the app is installed by others in the vicinity.
The focus on the app is to build relationships and create a global community, says Peter.