My name is Gayle Pitman, and I am a psychology and women's studies professor at Sacramento City College. I am also the author of the award-winning book Backdrop: The Politics and Personalities behind Sexual Orientation Research. My next book project is titled Fringe: On the Edges of the Mainstream Gay Community. In this book, I plan to explore the experiences of queer people who exist on the edges of the LGBTQ community - people who are bi, poly, kinky, HIV+, non-white, disabled, poor, intersex, trans, genderqueer, old, or otherwise on the fringes of the gay community. Fringe will be written in a science-journalism, narrative voice, incorporating interviews with people who are active in these communities - rap and hip-hop star Qui510, intersex activist Hida Viloria, trans writer and activist Max Wolf Valerio, and lesbian activist Phyllis Lyon, to name a few. Intended for a general audience interested in LGBTQ issues, Fringe would be the first book of its kind to weave together the various experiences of people in queer edge communities.
Three separate areas need to be funded in order to make Fringe a reality:
1. Writing and editing costs, including travel expenses for interviews;
2. Publishing costs, such as copyediting, indexing, and production costs; and
3. Marketing expenses, including review copies and advertising.
With your help, Fringe will give voice to the many diverse groups within the LGBTQ community. Whether it's $5 or $500, every donation will be a step closer to making Fringe a reality.
Thank you for learning more about my campaign, and be a part of the fringe!
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