In the Spirit of Community-Building features projects that range from the personal to the political. By signal boosting these endeavors, we hope to empower, create, and sustain our own in solidarity and success. We’re asking our readers to put aside just $20 a month (you’re encouraged to do more if you can afford it). Each month, your pledge to re-invest $20 back in our community can look like funding four different projects at $5 a piece. Or you can allocate all 20 bucks to one campaign. Can we count you in?
Elemental Foundations: Fire, Wind, Earth, Water & You!
The 5th Annual LGBTQ Womyn Of Color Conference
This year ELEMENTS has partnered with Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and M. PoWeR Productions, LLC to host the 5th Annual LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference in Atlanta, GA. The conference, now in its fifth year, assembles a dynamic group of about 150 – 200 womyn of color between the ages of 16 and 65+ who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender for a three-day weekend of workshops and seminars. This gathering of empowered queer womyn of color transcends the characteristics of age or background to create a safe community space in which silences are broken, ‘herstories’ are consciously and intersectionally engaged in, and the establishment of resource and support connections are fostered. With a goal of $5,000 standing between the organization and a gathering of momentous necessity, the womyn of ELEMENTS are determined to make this year’s conference a success. See the below video taken during the 3rd Annual LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference, which took place in 2011.
Campaign Ends: October 3, 2013
MAJOR! A documentary film
In the prefectly summarized words of MAJOR! producers Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez, “As queer and transgender filmmakers, we want to see our stories and our communities represented on screen with authenticity and fierceness. We believe all audiences, LGBTQ and straight, are smart and savvy enough to feel compelled by stories that don’t need manufactured drama to be dramatic.” It was for this reason that activists, artists, and queer-identified individuals alike have joined forces to speak about, reflect on, and shower praises upon Black transgender elder and pioneering civil rights pioneer, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. The cast and crew has been collecting footage since February of this year and now the time has come to bring the multidimensional tale of the internationally-recognized activist to a worldwide stage. The film has a fairly steep hurdle to cross (with a goal of over $50,000 to reach) but it is their hope that if contributions from the community can get them over the first half, they can manage the remainder. Help bring MAJOR! to a screen near you
Campaign Ends: October 8, 2013
Interviews with Queer Artists of Color
Nia King is a queer mixed-race art activist and multimedia producer whose work has been featured on Colorlines.com, and QWOC Media Wire. She is a filmmaker (“The Craigslist Chronicles“ has screened at the National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Women of Color Film Festival, York University, University of Toronto, and NYU), writer (her thesis paper “Mangos with Chili: Life-Sustaining Performance Art for and by Queer and Trans People of Color” has been presented at Stanford University, UC Riverside, and the University of Arizona), and podcast host (In We Want the Airwaves, King interviews political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color on topics that range from achieving upward mobility in their respective career paths to self-awareness and sustainability). In the past, King has interviewed public, political, and creative brown queer individuals, including burlesque performer Magnoliah Black, stand-up comedian Micia Mosely, and singer/songwriter Kim Tillman. The newest venture for the ever-evolving artist, is turning the transcripts from her many interviews into a published book, a book that she hopes will expand the “queer” and “people of color” sections at your local library. We could all use a little more reinforcing, empowering, and positively charged QTPOC literature in our lives, wouldn’t you agree?
Campaign Ends: September 30, 2013
BLACK IS BLUE—a new short film by Cheryl Dunye
Cheryl ‘The Lesbian Spike Lee’ Dunye’s latest short narrative film, Black is Blue, tells the story of BLACK, a 30-something black trans man, on his way to his shift as a security guard. He sees DEJA, the lover he dumped before his transition. Confused by the sighting he comes face-to-face with her and more importantly himself. The film thus far has been funded independently and although Dunye has made history in the past (she was the creator of The Watermelon Woman, the first feature-length African American lesbian film), a little support from the community is necessary to bring her newest product to fruition. Cheryl, her cast and her crew are raising $15K to pay for two more days of shooting, compensate those who worked on the film, fund the next stage of production and fund all the post-production work, with the hopes of finalzing the film by late fall 2013/early 2014. The acquired funds will move Black Is Blue to completion, so that it can be submitted to national and international film markets and festivals.
“Inspired by the work of the Brown Boi Project, the writings of Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, and a handful of others, I created Black Is Blue as a short film exploring the everyday racism and transphobic experiences in the lives of these black men.”
– acclaimed filmmaker Cheryl Dunye
Campaign Ends: September 7, 2013