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By Vinnie Kinsella
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About this project

Fashionably Late is an anthology of personal narratives by gay, bi, and trans men who came out later in life. The collection offers an insightful look into the triumphs and struggles of coming out after years of living with an affected straight or cisgender identity. These stories draw attention to a large yet largely overlooked segment of the LGBT+ community, offering affirmation to adult men who are coming out of the closet.

The Backstory

The anthology is the work of Vinnie Kinsella, a Portland-based editor, book designer, and educator who himself came out of the closet as gay at the age of thirty-four. The book was inspired largely by his role as the founder of a social/support organization in Portland, Oregon, for gay, bi, and trans men who came out later in life.

After watching as members of the group found connection and affirmation through hearing one another's stories, Vinnie decided to put his knowledge of book publishing to good use and start collecting stories from other late-blooming men. His intent was to create an anthology that captures the spirit of connection and affirmation found in this group and make it available to men who have no access to such a group in their own cities. 

The Need

Now that the stories are collected and the book is nearing completion, we hope to raise $10,000 to offset the cost of editing, cover design, printing, and distribution. The goal is to create a high-quality final product that bookstore owners would be proud to have on their shelves. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge the project could face after funding is a delay in shipping out the book due to print times, but that's not likely. We've factored in plenty of time for both printing and shipping.

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    We will provide fifty free copies of the book to the LGBT+ organization of your choice. The books can be divided among multiple organizations. If you don't have an organization in mind, we will work with you to choose one.

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    A VISIT FROM THE EDITOR

    The editor will fly to your city (located in the US) and offer a one-hour presentation related to the book's content (you must secure the venue). He will bring with him 100 copies of the book to give away at the presentation. The presentation and giveaway can be connected with a larger literary or LGBT+ event or can be a standalone event.

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    TOTAL DEDICATION

    We will dedicate the ENTIRE book to the fashionably late man of your choosing and send you 100 copies of the book to give away in his honor. Your loved one's name will be listed on the dedication page near the start of the book.

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