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Our lives contain many facets and amongst them are some of the most personal and private matters. Our information sets us apart from others and unqiuely identifies us. While we all have unique data about us, we also have data that is part of our experiences that is actually shared rather than truly both personal and identifying.

This website is about collecting these shared experiences, the things that we both share and combined form our unique life stories. Our aim is to collect a small subset of life stories that pertain to the LGBT coming out process. This process involves one's realization of their true identity and contain many facets that are more than likely shared than not.

In order to properly tell people's stories, we collect fairly specific information that helps us catalog and organize the stories themselves. We use this information to find similar stories to help people find stories that are close in proximity to their own. Although we capture what many would call private information, we do not store any information that links a story with a particular user. We do not have accounts, and we do not have user-set passwords.

We use a hashing mechanism combined with a random number generator to generate story-specific keys that can be used to update / modify a story at a later date. Users can print out this key after adding their story or may enter their email address to receive a special URL that allows them to update the story at a later point in time. We request the story-teller's email address at this time to only send the link and we do not store, re-distribute, cache, or retain access to the email address provided when a user is entering a story into the website.

Although we don't associate email addresses with stories that are posted, we do offer the ability for a website visitor to subscribe to a mailing list to find out about new features and stories available on the wesbite. We have selected MailChimp to be the tool of choice for collecting lists of subscribers and fascilitating sending emails to said subscribers. We do not share, publish, distribute, nor make available our mailing list to any outside parties, nor individuals. We may from time to time send an email that is sponsored from a close partner or other non-profit that may provide benefit to our subscribers.

Your stories will be available publicly to the world. Anyone with an internet connection that does not block access to http://story.lgbt will be able to potentially read your story. If you keep track of the Key provided after entering a story, you may use said key to remove the story at a later date.

Alternatively, a user may flag a story for one of the reasons in the 'reporting' tool. Flagged stories will be reviewed for a violation of the Terms of Service and taken down or prevailing accordingly (one cannot use their personal beliefs to bring down the story belonging to another individual)

Information Collected, Stored, and Used:

Birth Year, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Coming out Year, Religion, Feelings, yes / no type questions, outcome of coming out -

We collect this information from a user about their story so that we can identify similar stories while also providing this new story to future users.

The Story

Your story may be used in part, whole, or summarized in promotional material for the website such as emails, fliers, and local ads to help others understand the purpose of the website and an example of some of the types of content located at the website. The stories will also be posted in a public forum manner.

The Later Story

This portion of your story may be used in part, whole, or summarized in promotional material for the website such as emails, fliers, and local ads to help others understand the purpose of the website and an example of some of the types of content located at the website. The stories will also be posted in a public forum manner.

Log Data

We operate on services that are hosted in various datacenters throughout the globe. As a result, one, none, or more of the servers that store your story may also store information regarding your browser's accessing of the website. We may or may not have direct access to these logs in such a manner that allows us to remove or invalidate such information, however we will do our best to ensure that although this information may be logged, that we will not redistribute, use, or otherwise transform such access information.

Cookies

We use cookies to help determine your pathway through the website, (for instance, hiding stories that you have already read, or otherwise optimize your experience on the website).

Third Parties

We do not share data with Third parties whatsoever.

Ads

We currently use ads as a means to provide a minimal amount of money to pay for real costs of hosting, maintenance, and compliance. We currently use Google Ads

  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to our website.
  • Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to our users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting Ads Settings.

Changes to this Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the policy will govern our use of your information and will always be at https://story.lgbt/privacy.html. If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you via an email to those who subscribe to our mail list.

>Our policy towards children

Per our Terms of Service, Story.lgbt is intended only for users 18 and above or the major age in their current city. If you are under 13, please do not provide us with any stories. If we learn that we have collected a story from a child under 13, we will take steps to promptly delete the information.

Terms of service

Please also visit our Terms of Service establishing the terms, disclaimers and limitations of liability governing your use of story.lgbt.

Effective 09/11/2015

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