A collection of personal essays by LGBT folks from the South.
Growing up in the Bible Belt, there's tons of pressure to fit into the sexual majority. But guess what? Millions of us just don't! We may be God-fearin', sweet tea drinkin' lovers of football, but we might also be in love with someone of the same sex.
For nearly a year, I've been working to edit a collection of essays by LGBT Southerners with stories to tell. Unfortunately, putting a book together is both time-consuming and pricey. That's where you come in! You can help make this book become a reality. Not only that, you can help me get copies into public libraries all over the Southeast.
Want your story to be in the book?
As We Are is already in the editing process, but I'm still in desperate need of a few more essays, particularly by bisexual or transgender people from the South. I can't make these real-life stories appear out thin air, folks -- I need your help and your submissions. If you're interested, please click here and read about what sort of essays I'm looking for. Then submit as soon as possible! I can promise you that every essay will be given a thorough read.
Short on cash, but want to help?
I totally understand being in a difficult financial position (I'm a poet for heaven's sake!). If you can't help out monetarily, it would be equally helpful if you could share the link to As We Are's kickstarter site with friends and family through facebook, twitter, email, or your blog. Every little bit of exposure helps the book get one step closer to publication.
Why am I the right person to edit this book?
As a queer woman from Alabama, I known first-hand how difficult it is to be out in the South, much less to tell your own story! I'm passionate about bringing this book into existence because I know my 20-year-old self would have benefited from it in a big way.
New to Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is an amazing site that helps people crowd source funds to get their creative projects off the ground. If you contribute, your credit card/account/whatever won't be charged unless the project meets its goal. If the project has already met the goal, you're welcome to help fund it anyways! In fact, for this project, my goal is set at the minimum amount I'd need to complete to project. Anything above that mark will help out in a VERY BIG way.
A HUGE THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR VISITING THIS SITE AND HELPING TO SUPPORT THIS CREATIVE PROJECT!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 18, 2011.
Nov 18, 2011 - Dec 18, 2011 (30 days)
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I know times are hard right now, but I appreciate anything you can donate! For this level, I give you my thanks and plenty of good karma.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Above + Your name on the book's website as a friend of As We Are.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Above + An awesome sticker with the book's logo to show that you supported publication. Put it on your car, your computer, your face, wherever!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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Above + Woohoo! This is the book level! For your contribution, you'll receive a first edition paperback copy of As We Are. Happy reading! (+$5 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Above + Like sharing? So do I! At this level, you'll get two first edition paperback copies of As We Are! One for you, one for your Aunt Louise! (Or... you know, whoever.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Above + Your name in lights! Well, in the book listed as a sponsor! You'll also get free entry into any of our book launches. Party on!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Above + Make that a VIP ticket! You'll get a reserved front row seat to hear authors from the book read in person.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Above + Whoa, you're awesome! For this contribution, you get all of the above PLUS I'll donate 10 copies of the book to public libraries in your home state in your name (or anonymously, if you prefer)!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Above + Incredible. There's really no way to thank you enough, but I'll try by taking you out to dinner with some of the AWA authors before or after one of the book launches!Estimated delivery: May 2012