Think about how much progress in arts and inventions could happen if everyone donated $5 a month. It would be revolutionary.
But when I saw Do I Sound Gay? A Documentary About Finding Your True Voice on Kickstarter today, I realized that it could be an amazing tool for social change as well.
I want my book published. I really do. And obviously I would like everyone who reads my Kickstarter blogs to donate to my campaign, but if you're not going to donate to mine, think about donating to this one. Or, you know, donate to both, because that would be awesome.
As a teacher, I know how hard it is for students, especially LGBT students, to accept who they are and become comfortable with themselves. And I think that a documentary focused on finding your "true voice" is amazing and could make the difference in so many peoples' lives.
And the reasons David Thorpe gives for making this documentary are great. He has a whole list that you should check out on his campaign page, but I'm going to put the two reasons that I find most compelling here:
- Reason No. 2: “Sounding gay” is still a trigger for mockery, bullying and violence. LGBT kids are far more likely to commit suicide or drop out of school because they feel unsafe. Zach King, one of our brave young subjects, was viciously assaulted at school.
Reason No. 4: A lot of people think it’s okay to be gay as long as you don’t act - or sound - that way. The daily pressure to cover, hide or “pass” affects many minorities. Let’s relieve the pressure.
When I saw this documentary listed on Kickstarter, I was intrigued. And when I clicked on it and read more, I was pulled in. So I'm going to encourage everyone to go to the campaign page for David Thorpe's documentary Do I Sound Gay? A Documentary About Finding Your True Voice and see if it is a project that you, too, would like to be a part of.
And now a quick reminder that my campaign to get my fantasy novel The Talented professional edited and have cover art designed before publishing will be running for another 27 days (until June 4th) so check it out.