App Will Help Plus-Sized People Navigate The World

By Samantha Swindler
The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Portlander Rebecca Alexander has raised more than $50,000 to launch “AllGo”, an online review platform where users can rate public spaces on their accessibility and comfort for plus-sized people.

The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

On the difficulty of navigating the world in a large body, author Roxane Gay writes, “The bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.”

The phrase stuck with Portlander Rebecca Alexander as she worried about her own world shrinking.

“It’s an anxiety-producing experience, when you’re in a large body, to go to a place you’ve never been before,” she said.

In response, Alexander has raised more than $50,000 to launch AllGo, an online review platform where users can rate public spaces on their accessibility and comfort for plus-sized people.

AllGo will be like Yelp — but instead of photos of food, users will see images and ratings of booth spaces, chairs and aisle width. It’s set to launch in Portland this summer, focusing on reviews of bars, restaurants, theaters and offices.

Alexander, 30, grew up near Medford and graduated from Willamette University. She spent the last five years working in fundraising for nonprofits Bradley Angle and the YWCA of Greater Portland.

“When I was going out on donor meetings and wanting to be impressive and to put my organization in the best light, I really noticed the anxiety I experienced around going to places I’d never been before,” she said. “I didn’t want my first interaction with this donor I’m trying to impress to call attention to the fact that I’m a fat person and I can’t fit in that booth.”

She’d arrive to meetings 20 minutes early to scope out seating. It’s a fear she traces back to a high school class trip to a Six Flags amusement park, where she couldn’t fit on all the rides.

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