Asexual, demisexual, and grey-a people, and their allies, have been working for years to raise awareness and visibility about our communities. Last year we were given a huge opportunity at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's annual organizing conference, Creating Change. We screened (A)sexual and had an amazing response. More than 150 people came to our workshop and packed the space. Afterwards we had an impromptu Q&A session in the hall for another 90 minutes because dozens of people wanted to continue talking.
Well -- this year we're on the schedule again! The conference is in Atlanta, GA, in January 2013. Join the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) and Asexual Awareness Week (AAW) and help make Atlanta asexy!
There is real potential this year for a powerful, transformative experience once again at Creating Change. We have two scheduled events this year: a 90 minute panel discussion and a 60 minute organizing caucus hosted by AVEN and AAW and open to the entire conference. The panel engages different aspects of asexuality, and each panelists will tell their story and then answer questions from the audience. The panelists represent a diversity of gender, race, and age, as well as romantic and (a)sexual orientations. Bringing this panel to an LGBT organizing space will allow us to connect with thousands of organizers from across the country, hear the stories of aces in their communities, and give out new resources. The caucus will be a time to organize ideas and for aces and allies to meet and network (and eat cake).
What We Need
We need $3,000 to make this trip happen as well as to cover other organizational costs of AVEN and AAW. Here's what your money pays for:
- Hotel rooms. There are eight asexual organizers paying their own way from around the country to Atlanta. We need hotel rooms in downtown Atlanta for the conference (and unfortunately they're not cheap).
- Brochures and Printed Information. Last year our 500 brochures were gone before the first day was done. Help us get a big order of brochures to give out to the 2,500+ activists at the conference!
- Administrative Costs. AVEN and AAW both have administrative costs. A lot of this cost is the web server space that is necesary to run AVEN's site. Help keep our community resources up and running by making a donation today.
**Financial transparency: all the money raised will be split 50/50 between AAW and AVEN, and then we will share the costs for Atlanta (hotel and printed materials) and pay our own separate administrative costs.**
What You Get
If you donate at certain levels we have lovely gifts for you!
At the $10 level, we will give you a big shoutout on our Facebook and Twitter pages
At the $25 level, you will receive an asexual pride flag button
At the $50 level, we will send you a postcard from Atlanta signed by all 8 of us, thanking you for your support
At the $250 level, you will receive your choice of teeshirt from the AVEN or AAW merchandise stores
If you can donate $500, we will send cupcakes to your door in gratitude!
Last year we were able to make a splash when we attended the Creating Change conference in Baltimore, but it was only two of us. This year we have an opportunity to extend our network of LGBT organizing by bringing a diverse panel of asexual people together to present. With eight organizers on the ground we can be in more workshops, talking about asexual issues and making connections. Last year's splash helped us secure a partnership with the Trevor Project; we can do even more this year with four times as many organizers.
The long term impact of funding our administrative costs is that we are able to keep our websites running and pay for the server at AVEN (AAW is hosted there too).
I want to go to Creating Change!
We'd love to see you there! The conference is January 23-27, 2013, in downtown Atlanta. Check out the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's website for more information.
I'm going to Creating Change!
Awesome! You should come say hi at the Asexy & Allies Caucus session -- we'll have cake!
Other Ways You Can Help
Every donation helps, even $5.00. If you can't donate, we understand. You can help in other ways. Spread the word about this fundrasier on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. Post it on blogs where you know asexual people hang out. Show it to your GSA or LGBT campus club, or take up a collection at the campus club and make a donation together. Help this campaign go viral so that we can fund asexual activism and develop critical connections in the LGBT community.