Kickstarter project: Journey to Washington DC

By , February 9, 2011 3:56 pm

I just launched a Kickstarter project to help send me to Washington DC for the National Center for Transgender Equality lobby day! Here’s my explanation video:

And a transcript:

Howdy, Kickstarter! I’m Rebecca Kling, a transgender performance artist and educator from Chicago. In the Fall of 2010, I was fired from a teaching position for being trans. The school administrators thought my presence might bring up “uncomfortable conversations.” Bigoted as they were, those school administrators nevertheless stumbled onto a fundamental truth in America : Talking about gender is tough. Everyone has ideas about what it means to be a boy and a girl, but few people are able to pin down why.

To do my part to add to the conversation, I’m in the process of developing No Gender Left Behind, a solo performance I’ll be debuting this summer at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, and then touring to the Indianapolis and Chicago Fringe Festivals. The show will examine my own trials and tribulations as a transgender woman, as well as examining just what Americans think it means to be a man. To be a woman. To be something else entirely.

That’s where you come in. The National Center for Transgender Equality is hosting a Lobby Day in Washington DC this March. I’m dying to go, to talk to people on the trip out, to speak with folks on the street in DC, to discuss definitions of ‘male’ and ‘female’ with other trans folks, and to put these questions to actual politicians in Washington. I hope that footage from the trip (not to mention reflections on the experience) will play a key role in shaping No Gender Left Behind, but I can’t afford to get there on my own.

I’m asking for your help, Kickstarter, to get my to Washington DC and back. I have some nifty rewards for your donations, ranging from postcards to video thank yous to show posters, not to mention my eternal gratitude. I hope I can count on your support.

4 Responses to “Kickstarter project: Journey to Washington DC”

  1. John says:

    Ok I game.
    How much do you need

  2. John says:

    Opps
    I am game

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m mind-bogglingly overwhelmed, but the trip has already been paid for! If you do contribute anything, it will still help go towards my show, and you’ll receive your donation reward(s). 🙂

  3. RadDyke says:

    Hey Rebecca, seriously if you need a place to stay in DC, I can do some asking around…I’m from there and while I don’t really have a huge queer network, I know someone who does.

    So yeah, if you’re having trouble with finding somewhere to sleep, let me know. Email is our friend. 🙂

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