The Transphobia Project is an interactive data visualization of the platforms and people creating biased content about gender identity and expression.
Thanks to Rebecca Hiscott at KIckstarter for this in-depth interview!
What your support allows
- I can get a little financial breathing room after turning down work to focus on this.
- I can spend time sorting out backend issues with the many AMAZING supporters who have volunteered to help.
- I can figure out how to make this scalable so more people can contribute data and code.
For all that to happen, I need YOUR help! Tell your friends!
How it works
Any time someone publishes media on these topics, a score called a t-index is generated for that work. That t-index also gets applied to the creator, any co-authors or editors, the platform where it appeared, and the organizations that support that platform. Patterns start to appear. Those with a high t-index become more prominent on the chart. When you select something, you can see the connections: for instance, collaborators, where the work appears, or people mentioned in the work. Then you can go deeper into the data, which measures how many people from our community they employ, the scores for specific works, and so on.
Appearing on the chart does not necessarily mean a person or organization is transphobic. I myself appear on the chart (shown above) because I have been published or mentioned in measured publications. My t-index reflects my work that some Community members consider negative.
My previous projects and results
In 2003, I began developing the interactive chart above before most people knew what a social network was. It quickly helped us identify biased researchers and organizations, allowing us to focus our community's limited resources on stopping those people.
The end result was getting laws passed to protect trans and gender-diverse youth. We even helped shut down the worst children's gender clinic in the world!
The Transphobia Project will do the same thing in media, but in a more dynamic way that uses the latest technology. It will help us identify and expose bias, and maybe even get a few people fired along the way!
Support comes in all budgets!
Here’s where you come in. I need your help to finish. For the past 25 years, I’ve mainly been helping people for free. And my bank account shows it.
I have great rewards for every budget, including a CO-CREATOR CREDIT that would appear in any future academic papers, documentaries, and so on! You can even get a commissioned portrait from artist Dani Tenerelli (example below) or a certified copy of any listed person's t-index and network, including your own!
Please spread the word!
I’d love your financial support for this important work. You can also support by telling your network about The Transphobia Project.
Thanks, and check back often!
Risks and challenges
I’ve created five successful Kickstarters, but this is the first one for a journalism project. While there are always challenges with projects of this scope, such as changes to my schedule or unexpected work obligations, I will do my best to have this live by the date promised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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