By Steve Kaudy, Founder – Molly Tommy, LLC
Everyone’s ambition at some point in their lives should be to make a difference in other people’s
lives. An idea can come from past memories long forgotten, a conversation, a dream, old
pictures, or new friends.
The idea of Molly Tommy came from a mixture of family and friends in the LGBTQ community, along with seeing old videos of a couple dear friends from back in the ‘80s that are no longer with us. These two friends were Ed and Ronell, whom I met in Southern California while I was working on my degree at California State Fullerton.
Ronell had recently moved from Detroit, and we hit it off right away. He was about five years
older than me, a gospel singer with an amazing voice, and 6 feet and 130 pounds of sharply
dressed man. He introduced his partner to me as his uncle. My future wife, Ronell and his
“uncle” would hang out often. Dinners, clubs, staying at his place in Palm Springs, but not
once would their sexualities be discussed. Ronell was the singer for my wedding, and to this day 33 years later I still watch my wedding video to see him and hear his amazing voice.
Ed had moved from a small town in Penn to CA and was about ten years older than me. As a history major, he became a very good friend to my family, helping to tutor my brothers, coming over to all our family events, and taking trips with my wife. Ed had a “partner” whom we never met, as Ed did not want anyone to really know he was gay.
As I look back, I know both Ronell and Ed were troubled by the burden of not being able to be
themselves, playing the part our society would accept. I wish they were still with us so they
could enjoy the freedom of self-expression that they missed out on.
It was in their memory that I had the idea of Molly Tommy. My vision was to create a totally
unique social media platform for the LGBTQ+ community, allies, and supportive businesses.
The Molly Tommy platform gives the LGBTQ community the opportunity to unite with a sense of purpose and use their voice to engage and support each other. Molly Tommy gives each user the ability to surf feeds and groups with news, events, perks, chat, and much more! We’re excited to encourage local groups to continue their discussions and community support online on Molly Tommy. We are working diligently to make it the most fun, exciting, talked-about, safe, thought-provoking, and change-making social media platform.
For more information on Molly Tommy and to sign up for free, visit mollytommy.com.
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