I owe pink an apology.
I hated it when I was eight for being too girly and now I have pink hair.
I want to be girly. I want to make up for all the time I spent as a kid thinking dresses were for stupid girls. I want to wear dresses all the time, everywhere I go.
I want to read and watch and listen to everything that was made for me without letting my own self loathing get in the way. I want to stop thinking of myself as a lesser audience, insulting the creation by loving it.
I wear fake butterflies in my hot pink hair and little girls stare at me. I want them to think I am magical. I want them to think this is cool. I want them to embrace everything inside themselves that I buried in my own self.
I didn't fail by being born a girl, you failed me by teaching me that was a weakness. And now I know better.
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You know I sit & think about the times I missed the people I played & the ones who played me...
I sit & think of the times I was truthful & the moments I stretched it a little...
I sit & think of the moments I give my last & the times I keep it all to myself...
I sit & think of the times I said Yes only to hear No...
I sit & think damn am I really ready for this or do I just want to run...
I sit & think then I stop because man I been thinking too much.....
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This campaign has a funding goal set on April 30th at 7:30 EST (GMT+5); if it doesn't fund, you don't get charged, but it seems really interesting. It's a speculative fiction magazine about a future where inclusivity and gender diverse people are celebrated.
"IMAGINE: It’s the year 2068, and we’ve achieved gender equality in the broadest sense. Not only are genders outside the binary widely acknowledged and accepted, but people of all genders and without gender are paid equally for equal work, have equal opportunity, are included in scientific studies, and are marketed to equally.
What does this gender-inclusive future look like? What language do we use around gender? In what ways have our societies been reshaped in order to include people of all genders? How might inclusion look different in different cultures and systems (including religious ones)? How might advancements in science and technology change our perceptions of gender? What challenges might trans, non-binary, and genderqueer people still face and be fighting to overcome?
The first issue of Inclusive Future Magazine seeks to answer these questions through fictional articles and art, as if it were an international culture magazine published 50 years in the future and whose target audience included adults of all genders and without gender, living anywhere in the world.
Who can submit?
We are looking for submissions from trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists and writers for the content of the first issue of Inclusive Future Magazine. You do not have to be out in order to submit; we're happy to publish your work under a pseudonym. Regardless of wheter you are out, if you choose to disclose your gender identity to us, we will not share that information with anyone without your permission.
We encourage trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer people with other marginalized identities to submit."
About the higher funding goal:
"One of the earliest decisions we made about this anthology project was to pay SFWA professional rates for contributors’ work.
We’re using the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) guidelines because they’re a respected organization in the industry that supports speculative fiction writers. SFWA, as a professional organization, requires its voting members to have professional credentials, and one of those requirements is that the writer needs to have been paid professional rates for a certain amount of their work. Every so often, SFWA reviews and may change what counts as professional payment. Currently, that rate is 8¢ per word for prose.
Why pay this rate?
Two reasons. First, offering a SFWA professional rate allows our prose contributors to count work we accept toward their SFWA membership requirements. Second, and more importantly, because it’s the right thing to do. Our contributors are undertaking emotional and intellectual labor in service of all of us who want to live in an inclusive future that recognizes, validates, and celebrates the vast diversity of human experiences.
By backing this Kickstarter, you're making it possible for us to pay our contributors these professional rates. Thank you for your support!"
- The Editorial Team of Inclusive Future Magazine"
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