I’m trying hard to live by Cat Principles.
1. I am glorious above all things
2. Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored
3. Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine
4. Show displeasure clearly.
6. Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time.
7. If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.
I’m really sad rn and my body is in pain and I feel kind of ugly but at least my hair and lipstick look cool, I guess??
Indiegogo campaign: Help relaunch QTIPOC.com, a safer space for Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour worldwide
I’m 23 but I only started coming out about being queer and trans relatively recently. My hometown was not a safe place for me to be out, ever, especially after I was victim of a queerphobic attack. Just over two years ago I moved to Brighton, England, partially due to its reputation as the UK’s ‘gay capital’. At the time I just wanted to feel safe. The white queer scene felt incredibly hostile and I started searching for a community of other queer and trans people of colour.
On the 21st of January this year we had our first meeting as QTIPOC Brighton. For the first time I felt empowered and safe and for the first time I felt like being queer, trans and a person of colour were not in conflict. Coming out to myself is and has been a long and difficult process but I know that I would not have come this far in terms of self-acceptance without the community I have around me.
I do not currently have any form of stable income and I am not entitled to state support. Without a support network I don’t know what my living situation would be. I have several mental health problems that impact my life on a daily basis but I no longer feel alone. I literally feel like the community I have around me has saved my life.
As amazing as the community of people I have around me is, it isn’t accessible to many people. People in small towns with no visible community, people who cannot travel to meetups, people that cannot join Facebook groups without outing themselves in potentially dangerous situations. If I had had the sense of community and belonging that I have now at 15 I don’t think I would have grown up feeling so alienated and alone.
I have some experience in web development and a few months ago I started QTIPOC.com with that in mind. Within two weeks we had over 150 signups but the site has been held back since due to limited resources. Although I can set up a forum and moderate it I am not skilled enough to create a cohesive and user-friendly website.
I want to relaunch QTIPOC.com. I envisage a site with a main news blog, an active user-friendly forum, a collection of resources and event listings as well as IRC-based chatrooms providing 24/7 support- including at least one operator with training in mental health and suicide prevention online at all times.
I want to create a safer space where we can talk among ourselves, support each other and organise. If we can help one kid grow up feeling less alone then it will be worth it.
Without your support QTIPOC.com may cease to exist. With your support we can thrive.
What do you need funding for?
- A complete redesign of the site
- An initial fundraising event in the UK
- Infographics and physical publicity materials for fundraising at events
- Funding for suicide prevention courses for chatroom operators
I can’t afford to donate but it sounds like a great idea. How else can I help?
If you aren’t able to help QTIPOC.com financially you can still help make the project a success- whether you are a QTIPOC or not! Share the campaign on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. Please get in contact if you are interested in helping with fundraising or administration!
Thank you so much to everyone that has shared and donated so far! In the last day we have raised £130.
Please keep sharing and keeping the momentum going. Reminder that people raised $55000 for potato salad and more recently £270000 to get Foo Fighters to play in Cornwall. That’s both sad and motivating.