Trans Bodies, Trans Selves Book Launch

Help get the book to those who need it most!
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Laura Erickson-Schroth
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New York, New York
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Our Fundraising Campaign

What Is It?

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a book and outreach project intended to improve the lives of trans and gender nonconforming people. The book itself is a resource guide that brings together writing by prominent authors on the broad, multidimensional spectrum of trans and gender nonconforming identity, as well as on health, legal, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more… all for the support of transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, providers, and others. It is being published by Oxford University Press in Spring, 2014.

Check out our table of contents and amazing authors!

What Do You Get For Your Donation?

Here’s what’s in it for you.  At various donation levels you will receive:

•  Copies of the book for yourself, friends, or family members.

•  A Transgender History E-book written by our history chapter author, Genny Beemyn, Director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts. Due to space limitations, their chapter had to be shortened for the full book. Don't miss out on the full history of trans communities in the U.S.! 

•  The opportunity to donate books to individuals and organizations that would not otherwise be able to afford it.

And at all donation levels, from $1 to $1000, you get the warm fuzzy validation of knowing you helped get the book into the hands of those in need.

Where is the Money Going?

Glad you asked.

·  First, to cover expenses incurred during the four-year production leading up to publication including our web designer, two illustrators, and a professional editor, all of whom offered their services at reduced rates, and were necessary to logistically get the book done and in print.

·  Second, and more importantly, to support a national outreach project to improve the lives of trans and gender nonconforming people.  This project will expand on the publication of the book by enabling us to offer the book at reduced or no cost to individuals unable to pay, to schools, libraries, community centers, and other support services.  Also, the project will focus on the education of providers, community and online forums for the exchange of information and for support, to be a visible presence at national conferences, and to produce ongoing editions of the book as issues evolve.

A breakdown of costs for this campaign 

(if $50k goal is met with estimates of books purchased):

Approximate costs:

$14k – professional editor, web design, illustrators

$16k – purchasing (700) books to fulfill perks

$3.5k – shipping

$5k – indiegogo fees

$38.5k TOTAL

…which would mean $11.5k would go toward donating books to community organizations (nearly 600 books – in the hands of trans people around the country). And even more if we make over our goal.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves has involved four years of work from hundreds of authors, contributors, advisors, editors, and volunteers who donated their time out of a desire to serve the trans and gender nonconforming community.  Other than the four people listed above, none of those involved are being compensated for their efforts. The 50+ authors, especially, deserve recognition for the significant energy and expertise they have put into this project. We wish we could pay them all what they deserve, but any amount would be minimal if shared among all. Any profits from the book once it is released this spring will be funneled into the non-profit and fulfilling its mission of education and sharing resources – most immediately, getting this book into the hands of those who cannot afford it.

Additionally, Oxford does not make any money from the fundraising and does not require that we raise money as a condition of publishing the book.

It is especially important to us that the money raised through the support of our community and allies all be directed back to supporting the community itself.

What is This Book Donation Campaign of Which You Speak?

Our primary goal is to donate or sell reduced cost copies of the Trans Bodies, Trans Selves book to individuals in need, schools, libraries, LGBTQ/Queer community centers, GSAs, and social service organizations.  Through money raised by donations, we are able to purchase the book from Oxford at a significant discount, and in turn get it to those in need at greatly reduced rates or even free. If we make our goal on indiegogo we will be able to donate hundreds of books. We negotiated with Oxford to get the lowest cover price possible so that the most people could afford the book.  However, the book is large, with over 20 chapters, and could not be sold for lower than $39.95. We also plan to offer reduced price copies at conferences. If you know of organizations that could benefit from donated books, please contact info@transbodies.com.

Non-Profit or Not Non-Profit?

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is incorporated in New York State and is currently pending non-profit status. It is likely, but not guaranteed, that donations will be retroactively tax deductible when our non-profit status becomes official. We will be sending donation letters via email to all donors who give $250 or more. If you contribute less than this, you can claim deductions on your taxes without a letter.

So How Does it Get From Us to You?

Carrier pigeon, Pony Express, or silver-platter-carrying personal courier?

Shipping within the U.S. is included in book orders. We would love to get the book to people outside the U.S. but shipping price is less predictable. If you would like your book(s) shipped outside the U.S., please contact us about shipping price and we will add it to your total.

Got Questions?

Email us at info@transbodies.com

Thank You for Your Support!

It is our deepest hope that this book, and the project happening around it, make a major impact in improving the lives of trans and gender nonconforming people, our families, our communities, and the world at large… and we want to thank everyone so much for your support.

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$25,025USD
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This campaign ended on December 13, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Public Thank You on Facebook

    You support and love us, so we send you love right back on our Facebook page.

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  • $25USD
    Trans History e-book

    Don't miss out on important events or people in trans history! Receive an e-book of the full length version of the book chapter Transgender History in the United States, by Genny Beemyn. You'll also receive a public thank you on Facebook.

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  • $50USD
    Copy of Trans Bodies Book

    Be the first to receive your very own pre-sale copy of the Trans Bodies, Trans Selves book (cover price $39.95) when it comes out in Spring 2014! Shipping within the U.S. is included. You'll also receive a copy of the Transgender History Uncut e-book and a public thank you on Facebook.

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  • $100USD
    Trans Magic

    You know the importance of getting this book out to others who can't afford to pay full price. For this perk, you'll receive a book yourself and also be paying for one book to be donated through our book donation campaign (donors listed on our website). You'll also receive a copy of the Transgender History Uncut e-book and a public thank you on Facebook.

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  • $100USD
    Trans-tastic

    Have a relative or friend you'd like to get a copy for? For this perk, you'll get two copies. You'll also receive a copy of the Transgender History Uncut e-book and a public thank you on Facebook.

    10 claimed
  • $150USD
    Trans-formative

    Make sure your roommates have their own copies! You'll receive three books, as well as a copy of the Transgender History Uncut E-book and a public thank-you on Facebook.

    2 claimed
  • $150USD
    Trans Angel

    That's what you are to someone. For this perk, you'll receive two books and also be paying for one book to be donated through our book donation campaign (donors listed on our website). You'll also receive a copy of the Transgender History Uncut e-book and a public thank you on Facebook.

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  • $250USD
    Drag Bling

    You have a few people you'd like to give copies to, but you also know that there are a lot of people out there not as fortunate to have a friend like you. This perk entitles you to as many as 5 books - you decide how many you want us to send you and how many to donate. You'll also receive a copy of the Transgender History Uncut e-book and a public thank you on Facebook, as well as being listed as a donor on our website.

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  • $500USD
    Trans-lanthropist

    You are a true supporter! This perk entitles you to as many as 10 books - you decide how many you want us to send you and how many to donate. You'll also receive a copy of the Transgender History Uncut e-book and a public thank you on Facebook, as well as being listed as a donor on our website.

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  • $750USD
    Spenderqueer

    Be fabulous! This perk entitles you to as many as 15 books - you decide how many you want us to send you and how many you want to donate. You'll also receive a copy of the Transgender History Uncut e-book and a public thank you on Facebook, as well as being listed as a donor on our website.

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  • $1,000USD
    Fairy Book Mother

    Put trans books under a stranger's pillow! This perk entitles you to as many as 20 books - you decide how many you want us to send you and how many to donate. You'll also receive a copy of the Transgender History Uncut e-book and a public thank you on Facebook, as well as being listed as a donor on our website.

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