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$1,199
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, July 3 2018 4:20 AM UTC +00:00

About

What is the Queerbook?

The Queerbook is a photo book with a collection of portraits of queer performers across the United States. The photo book will be designed in the style of a yearbook.

Chris Jay, the photographer behind this project, will travel across the country capturing queer performers in 1 - 2 day open shoots in major cities. The shoots will be almost like school picture day with the intention to create a space where queer performers can gather in one space. The project is as important as the book. In many cases the queer performance community is segmented and it will be a great opportunity for everyone to share the same space.

Why create a book?

I believe there is power in print. As a photographer and performer I have noticed that many events that have been covered by local newspapers and magazines show photos of performers but they do not always attach a name to the performer. I feel like putting a name to a photo and giving the performers space to express themselves with a quote and a superlative will possibly give more insight into the diversity within the queer performance community. Not only will this book provide a historical record of our community but give a sense of pride for the performers who deserve recognition for their contribution to the LGBTQIA community as a whole.

Why participate?

VISIBILITY! It is time for us to gather and be recognized for what we do. We are more than entertainers. We are leaders, inspiration, trendsetters, educators, role models, mentors, and so much more. We are drag performers. We are singers, dancers, actors, comedians, and burlesque performers. Everytime we get on stage or appear on television we are giving someone permission to live authentically. Being a part of this project will give someone who has yet to come out or express themselves a tangible book full of performers who have taken the steps to create and maintain spaces for queer performers to discover themselves.

Why support the Queerbook?

This book will be a physical collection of a community of unsung heroes. Any money raised will help us travel quicker to find more performers across the country. Who knows, we might go international. The goal is to travel and capture as many performers possible and with your help we can create much needed visibility with a comprehensive collection of images.

Where will the money go?

All funds will directly go to sustaining this project and printing the book. We need to budget for rental costs for event space, marketing supplies, equipment insurance/rental (accidents do happen), and basic travel (hotel, airfare). These are only the first steps to help get this project off the ground. Our goal is to travel to all 50 states by May of 2019.

Where are you going?

So far we are booked to photograph in Baltimore June 24th, Philadelphia July 15th, Pittsburgh September 9th, Brooklyn, NY Oct 8th, and Seattle Nov 10th. Contributions to this campaign will help us go to more cities into 2019! Hopping to add Chicago and Oakland, CA to the list very soon.

Risks and challenges

There are a lot of challenges with this project. This will be my first major publication as I continue to learn about the book making process. Working with other authors and photographers has been extremely helpful with shortening my learning curve. I am currently looking for a publisher but I have estimated the costs of producing this book myself, even if I am only printing books from this Kickstarter.

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    A BIG THANKS!

    Get a shout out on our social media and website and we will also send a Queerbook Sticker for you to stick anywhere

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    Queerbook Class of 2019 T-Shirt

    Pledge $50 and we will send you a limited edition T-Shirt.

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    Limited Edition Copy of Kingxtaposition

    We will do a very limited run of the project that started it all, Kingxaposition. This was a collection of composite portraits of Drag Kings in DC during the summer of 2015. Each copy will be signed.

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    First run signed copy of The Queerbook

    Be the first to receive the Queerbook when it is printed in the summer of 2019.

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    Big Package

    Get a signed copy of the Queerbook
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    And Acknowledgement in the Queerbook.

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    Private Photo Shoot

    Want some one on one time with photographer Chris Jay? You will get a full photo session plus everything in the Big Package!

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    One City Sponsorship

    Sponsor a shoot in one city. Your information will be posted on our Social Media as well as our website. You will also be listed as a sponsor for that cities podcast episode.

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    Online Sponsor

    Become a Sponsor for the entire project and your information will land front page of the Queerbook's website and will be promoted regularly on the Queerbook's social media.

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    Presenting Sponsor for 2018/2019

    Become the presenting sponsor for the Queerbook. Your information/logo will be on all of our marketing as well as mentioned on all podcast episodes. The project will be listed as The Queerbook presented by "YOU"!

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