Fund for Trans Writers

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I always say that I cannot fully understand the experience of another individual, but that I can have empathy. I can take that empathy, and put it towards positive action to further that understanding, in the hope of being a better ally. My voice is not crucial to this process, but yours is. If you are a trans writer, I can’t fully understand what the experience is like of attempting to exist in a world that is constantly fighting your ability to live & to love & to build a fresh, & new future, where it’s not just about acceptance, but understanding, & the freedom to be who you are, without fear. Even with my experiences as a person of colour, I carry privilege, and I often think of what I can do with that privilege to amplify the voices of others. I’ve never been a good writer, but there are a lot of individuals out there who have the ability to lift & to free others with their voice, & their words, and our world is continually fighting to silence these brilliant souls.We ask so much & give so little to individuals who are constantly fighting for survival in a hostile environment, & I find that unacceptable.

The Fund for Trans Writers is a $100,000.00 ongoing fundraising campaign that aims to provide an ongoing contribution/support to trans writers in Canada for their labour. Whether it’s financial support to attend conferences, process time for writing, or day-to-day assistance for living, the fund will be continually replenished in the hope that we can make the lives of trans writers a little easier, & safer. If you live within a world that is designed to be cruel to you, it’s important that we are at least able to help the creativity of the individual thrive & flourish. If it makes someone’s life a little easier, our tiny investment in their work is something that can work towards a better future for trans folk, & for all of us.

Our campaign will be ongoing, meaning it will not just be in the style of traditional crowdfunding, but take place on several levels through various initiatives. The goal is to be able to raise this amount of money by the Summer of 2019, & then work towards making it a sustainable fund for the foreseeable future. It is my hope that we have a large enough fund in place so that if a trans writer makes a request for assistance, there’s no delay, in case of emergency.

If we are to call ourselves a community, the only acceptable action is to have a mechanism in place where no one feels isolated or alone in their struggle. I am hoping that by creating this fund, and actively working on this campaign indefinitely, we can make the lives of the trans writer a little bit better.

If you are a donor, our organization is moving towards charitable status this year, so that we are better able to serve others. I’d be happy to discuss with you the status of our application, & future projects.

If you are a trans writer who wishes to apply, contact me at rahim@shootforthemoon.art & we’ll discuss how the process works. All correspondence will be kept confidential.

If you wish to give, I have decided to contribute $1335.00 to the fund to get us started (& I will continue to give to the fund as time proceeds) This means that funds will be available starting May 15th, 2019 & I am hoping that with your support, we can build on that number. Please click on the button below to take you to our secure donation page.

Thank you so much for being a part of this initiative. It’s a good thing when we are there for each other, friends. Let this be the start of building something beautiful together.

Strength to you,

Rahim

Amount Raised (As of June 21st, 2019)

$6640.00

List of Contributors:

Rahim Ladha - $1335.00 - Ongoing

Kim Pittaway - $100.00 - April 7th, 2019

John Stintzi - $20.00 - April 7th, 2019

Annick MacAskill - $40.00 - April 7th, 2019

Michael Melgaard - $50.00 - April 7th, 2019

Yilin Wang - $20.00 - April 7th, 2019

Lori O’Hara-Hoke - $30.00 - April 7th, 2019

Gwen Benaway - $100.00 - April 7th, 2019

Renee A McTavish - $30.00 - April 7th, 2019

Katalina Murrie - $20.00 - April 7th, 2019

Alexander Manley - $50.00 - April 7th, 2019

Bill Hanlon - $50.00 - April 7th, 2019

Anonymous - $500.00 - April 8th, 2019

Dr. A W Peet - $250.00 - April 8th, 2019

Sarah Dowling - $50.00 - April 8th, 2019

Derek Denis - $50.00 - April 8th, 2019

Aven McMaster - $20.00 - April 8th, 2019

Loretta Colton - $70.00 (Ongoing)

Amanda Earl - $20.00 - April 8th, 2019

Chelsea Braun - $100.00 - April 8th, 2019

Jenny L Ferguson - $20.00 - April 8th, 2019

Anonymous - $200.00 - April 8th, 2019

Heather Smyth - $100.00 - April 8th, 2019

Cathleen With - $100.00 - April 8th, 2019

A.H. Reaume - $500.00 - April 8th, 2019

June Scudeler - $100.00 - April 8th, 2019

Hsien Chong Tan - $50.00 - April 8th, 2019

Kat Grey - $50.00 - April 9th, 2019

Hazel Jane Plante - $100.00 - April 9th, 2019

Patricia Salah - $100.00 - April 9th, 2019

Nikki Zawadzki - $100.00 - April 9th, 2019

Melissa Boiko - $10.00 - April 10th, 2019

Soraya Gallant - $30.00 - April 10th, 2019

Dominik Parisien - $25.00 - April 10th, 2019

Marjorie Stintzi - $100.00 - April 10th, 2019

Chimedum Ohaegbu - $100.00 - April 10th, 2019

Meagan Black - $100.00 - April 11th, 2019

Tamara Jong - $20.00 - April 12th, 2019

Libe Garcia Zarranz - $100.00 - April 12th, 2019

Justin Ling - $100.00 - April 12th, 2019

Massy Books - $100.00 - April 12th, 2019

Mary Davies - $50.00 - April 12th, 2019

Deborah Reeves - $20.00 - April 12th, 2019

Ian Linkletter - $25.00 - April 12th, 2019

Anonymous - $20.00 - April 12th, 2019

Anonymous - $100.00 - April 12th, 2019

Jane Shi - $30.00 - April 13th, 2019

Aaron Kreuter - $100.00 - April 14th, 2019

John Elizabeth Stintzi - $10.00 - April 14th, 2019

Marjorie Stintzi - $150.00 - April 14th, 2019

Heather Joan Tam - $20.00 - April 14th, 2019

Tania De Rozario - $50.00 - April 15th, 2019

Nikki Shaffeeullah - $50.00 - April 15th, 2019

Juliane Okot Bitek - $50.00 - April 15th, 2019

Sarah McCullough - $50.00 - April 18th, 2019

Linda Trinh - $30.00 - April 18th, 2019

Kathryn Mockler - $30.00 - April 19th, 2019

Danny Ramadan - $20.00 - April 19th, 2019

Anonymous - $50.00 - April 19th, 2019

Eugenia Zuroski - $40.00 - April 20th, 2019

Marika Prokosh - $50.00 - April 21st, 2019

Claire Kelly - $45.00 (Ongoing)

Hsien Chong Tan - $25.00 - April 27th, 2019

Denise Balkissoon - $50.00 - May 13th, 2019

Kelly Aiello - $40.00 (Ongoing)

Anonymous - $100.00 - May 16th, 2019

Andrew McArthur - $150.00 - May 23rd, 2019

Carrie Jenkins - $100.00 - June 1st, 2019

Anonymous - $25.00 - June 7th, 2019

Zoe Imani Sharpe - $20.00 - June 12th, 2019

Hsien Chong Tan - $50.00 - June 17th, 2019

Aja Moore - $100.00 - June 19th, 2019

(Note: Ongoing means part or all of their contribution is on a monthly basis)

Update - May 16th, 2019

Now that we’re a month into the fundraiser, we’re going to start supporting individual writers and their work, and keep an updated list of where the funds that have been raised are being directed. We’ve raised a little over $6000.00 (Which is fantastic) If it comes to a point where we do exhaust the funds, I will take it upon myself to increase the amount I’m contributing and cover the cost. Hopefully that doesn’t happen & I do a better job of fundraising so we can support as many Trans Folk as possible, but I wanted you to know that I’m all in. Whether it’s $1000.00 or $10,000.00, I started this campaign knowing full well that a time may come where I have to absorb the majority cost of it (I don’t exactly mind if it comes to that, but I’m hoping you’re with me on this journey) Whatever happens, I’m so glad this exists.

I’ll also be noting other projects that are worldwide that aren’t connected to the Fund for Trans Writers, but are supporting Trans Writers/Creators. If I’m going to support other initiatives outside of Canada, I want you to know about them. This way, whether you are supporting the Fund for Trans Writers here or not, you may find yourself inclined to lend a hand to those elsewhere who are doing incredible work. The work shouldn’t stop at our borders, and I’m hoping that as this fund increases, we can start helping others in other parts of the world.

Recipients:

May 16th, 2019:

Kiera J. Anderson - $100.00 per week indefinitely

Kiera is working on Monkeywrenching the Misogynists: A Feminist History of Eco-Activism in the Pacific Northwest, which is “an up close and personal look at some of the most iconic anti-logging campaigns of the late 20th century. It offers a first-hand look at how survivors of abuse and harassment—and their allies—came together to transform a movement”

Kiera is currently running a fundraiser that requires urgent assistance at http://monkeywrench.kieraanderson.com/ (We will continue to amplify the fundraiser, & I encourage you to reach out to Kiera via the platform to ask them more about their work)

May 24th, 2019:

Sebastian Yūe - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

(Bio forthcoming)

May 28th, 2019:

Arielle Twist - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

(Bio forthcoming)

May 31st, 2019:

Jaye Simpson - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

(Bio forthcoming)

June 4th, 2019:

Anonymous - $50.00 per week indefinitely

June 10th

Eli Tareq Lynch - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

(Bio forthcoming)

June 21st, 2019

Hazel Nightengale - $30.00 to $50.00 per month indefinitely

(Bio forthcoming)

Beni Xiao - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

(Bio forthcoming)

Amount Presently Being Paid Out To Writers (over a 12 month period)

Weekly:

$7800.00

Monthly:

$3360.00 to $6600.00

Total Funds Required At The Moment:

$11,116.00 to $14,100.00

Note:

The amounts you see here are the monies we’ve committed to writers over a one-year period, since at the moment we’re doing weekly/monthly payouts. The total amount is what we are owing to the writers, while the amount raised ($6415.00) is what we have. At the moment, for the commitments we’ve made, we haven’t raised enough for the commitments we’ve made, but fortunately with weekly/monthly payments, we have time to continue to raise funds & hopefully be able to level the amounts on a consistent basis of what we take in, and what we pay out.