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The Transphobia Project

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Andrea James

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An interactive chart that reveals the platforms and people publishing biased transgender content
Backers: 252
Average Pledge Per Backer: $92

Funded: $23,302 of $2,000
Dates: Jun 17th -> Jul 8th (22 days)
Project By: Andrea James
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Latest News

252 backers. $23,302. Thank you all!

July 8th - via:
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Last update before The Transphobia Project campaign ends!

July 8th - via:
The Transphobia Project campaign ends today! Since I announced The Transphobia Project last month, each of you has sent a message that's loud and clear: the platforms and people publishing biased content will be formally reviewed and held... (Read More)

Final 30 hours, with stretch goal in sight!

July 7th - via:
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! For those who are returning from a holiday, I hope it was a joyous and relaxing one! Our campaign has just 30 hours left, and today is a great day to remind everybody that you support this project! There... (Read More)

We just passed $22,000! A quick update for backers.

July 6th - via:
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Remembering Barry Winchell

July 5th - via:
PFC Barry Winchell (1977–1999) Today marks the 20th anniversary of the murderous attack on Private First Class Barry Winchell. His death and the subsequent coverage were the beginning of my involvement in working to end biased media about identity... (Read More)

Revolution and representation

July 4th - via:
Welcome new backers! We now have backers from over a dozen countries! Today is a federal holiday here in the United States, so please indulge a short reflection. I believe in America and its lofty ideals. I believe in freedom of the press. I also... (Read More)

New reward level: illustrated portrait!

July 3rd - via:
Welcome all new backers! I can't believe we are now over 180 strong! What a wonderful message you're all helping to send. Journalism isn't just writing Supporting transgender journalism includes supporting trans artists and graphic designers as well... (Read More)

$21,000! And a bit more on how this will work

July 2nd - via:
Welcome to new backers who pushed us past $21K since the last update! I am honored you have joined us! The shutdown attempts continue As expected, some people are not happy about this project: those who support gender identity change efforts in... (Read More)

We passed $20,000!

July 1st - via:
This astonishing milestone came courtesy of all of our beautiful new weekend backers! Welcome and THANK YOU! You have helped send a message that is already being noticed by journalists. Precedents I mentioned before that some people who are engaged... (Read More)

Pride and Overton windows

June 30th - via:
In my lifetime, transphobia was enshrined in law in New York City. It was illegal for transgender people to be in public spaces in the "wrong" clothes. Eternal vigilance is the only way to avoid going back.  Sweeping raid of the National Variety... (Read More)

Big milestone! 150 backers!

June 28th - via:
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Woohoo! $18,000!

June 27th - via:
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Huge new feature article on The Transphobia Project!

June 26th - via:
Sorry to post twice in a day, but I just found out that Kickstarter has published a lengthy feature on The Transphobia Project! Image from the Kickstarter feature on Medium “Some academics are obsessed with their ‘h-index,’ a score which... (Read More)

Today's focus: transgender podcasters and radio!

June 26th - via:
We hit a major milestone! Over 100 backers! Welcome and thanks to everyone who got us past that amazing milestone! The Transphobia Project is not just about calling out bias in media. I'm also  raising awareness about all the great journalism and... (Read More)

V-Day just made our largest contribution yet!

June 25th - via:
WOW! I am beyond thrilled that my activist colleagues at V-Day have just contributed $5,400 to The Transphobia Project! I’ve been honored to collaborate with V-Day throughout my activism career. For over 20 years, V-Day has been at the forefront of... (Read More)

The credits are already looking good!

June 23rd - via:
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We just blasted past $5,000 and then some!

June 22nd - via:
Welcome all new backers! This morning, I asked on social media if we'd get halfway to our stretch goal today, and you answered loud and clear! I just had a small heart attack when I looked at this page. Amazing! My phone and inbox are blowing up with... (Read More)

Kickstarter's #1 trending journalism campaign!

June 21st - via:
Your help is paying off! Keep spreading the word! The Transphobia Project is #1!  (Read More)

What will you be remembered for?

June 21st - via:
25 years ago I began researching what is now called facial gender confirmation surgery but did not really have a name then. The lack of online information on facial feminization led me to build what is now Transgender Map! I was the first person to... (Read More)

Post at Boing Boing about the project!

June 20th - via:
Hello new backers! Welcome aboard! I'll be reaching out to each of you shortly.  Over at Boing Boing, I shared a deeper dive into the project's goals and methods. Answered a couple of questions in the comments, too! prototype of the dataviz... (Read More)

Kickstarter named The Transphobia Project a Project We Love!

June 18th - via:
Wow! Kickstarter has just sent some wonderful news I wanted to share: Congratulations! We’re huge fans of your project and it’s now being featured as a Project We Love on Kickstarter. Don’t worry about creating any badges or banners... (Read More)

What a first day thanks to our first-day backers!

June 18th - via:
We did it! I am thrilled to announce we have already hit the first funding goal! It could not have happened without you! THANK YOU! Now I'm ready to get serious about a much more ambitious project. This actually caught me off guard, so I'll have... (Read More)

Read the Axios coverage of The Transphobia Project!

June 17th - via:
Thanks to Ina Fried for this coverage! Transphobia Project coverage from Axios Using data to track transphobia in media (Axios)  (Read More)

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