It’s unfortunate for us to have to say, but we’re going to officially stop the project entirely by April 30th. We’re going to remove our PayPal donation link from our blog as well as our Go Fund Me page from their website on April 15th, and we’re going to stop accepting clothing/Amazon donations on April 30th.
We’ve been doing our best to keep the project alive by hosting bake sales at over a dozen local high schools and colleges to support our shipping expenses, but we just aren’t receiving the monetary support we need in order to continue sending packages to the underprivileged trans men and women who request our assistance. We have enough to hopefully last until mid to late April but even that’s a stretch.
Ever since mainstream media dropped Leelah, our support dwindled dramatically and we don’t have the support we had when we first started. As of right now, our care packages are simply make-up and/or clothes as we can’t afford to re-stock on wigs, binders, STPs, silicone bra inserts, and other miscellaneous items.
As a result, we feel that it’s irresponsible to keep the project going if we aren’t going to continue making the progress we wish to make.
Any requests we receive after this notice are going to be sorrowfully declined, unless they are requests for prom/homecoming dresses. We currently have over 1,000 requests in our queue and volunteers have already begun e-mailing/responding to previous requesters who aren’t going to receive our assistance due to a lack of money to cover shipping costs.
Any leftover make-up or clothing donations are going to be donated to local LGBT centers, specifically LGBT centers that focus on youth, youth homelessness, and are located in communities of color.
We’re absolutely grateful to have had the opportunity (thanks to our supporters) to assist the (approximately) 120 underprivileged trans people we have so far. If it weren’t for your support, we wouldn’t have been able to do any of this.
But please don’t let our project ending stop any of you from doing what you can to support the transgender community!
An alarmingly high number of transgender teenagers have died by suicide since Leelah’s death including Zander, Aubrey, Melonie, Ash, and most recently, black transgender activist Blake.
On top of teenage suicides, trans people are also being murdered at an alarming rate, the bulk of those being black transgender women. Those murdered in 2015 include Lamar, Lamia, Ty, Yazmin, Taja, Penny, Bri, Kristina, and Sumaya.
Continue to support the transgender community. Continue to uplift and protect the transgender community. Continue to remain vocal about the injustices the transgender community faces.
Our project wasn’t the beginning and it certainly isn’t the end.