Dear Friend and Ally,
As you know, we have been hard at work developing the website theselfmademen.com. It has become a resource, used by thousands daily, and a source of support for countless others. As we reach our four year anniversary, we have done a lot of reflecting on where we are going from here: What does the future of The Self Made Men look like?
We decided that what the world needs is a magazine dedicated to the life and times of the FTM individual. To become not just a website with a store and a public education habit, but a hard-copy, positive reflection of who we are and a sense of pride to all those like us. A way to bring together all things FTM into one amazing place. This would include trans-friendly organization referrals, community projects, an advice column, personal stories, product reviews, along with a DIY section. We promise, if it’s not 100% trans-friendly, it will not be between our covers!
We are writing to you to ask for your support. We have a Kickstarter fund-raising site that was launched November 1, 2013 with an all-inclusive goal of $5,000. This amount has been thoroughly researched to make sure it is all we need for legal fees, production equipment and printing costs. Since launched, through the support of our brothers, sisters and allies we have been able to raise $3,000 but we’re not there yet!
Kickstarter is a major site for helping projects come to life. It is also an all-or-nothing kind of campaign. If we don’t hit the goal total before the end of the month, no one is charged and we don’t get any of it. We have been prepping this months worth of campaigning and calling for support for a long time and we’re so excited to be sharing our future goals with you. Please share in our excitement by posting the fundraising site where ever you can!
If this magazine is something you want to be a part of or have sitting on your coffee table. Help us achieve this small amount and we will make it happen.
Dear FTM Magazine people,
My name is Brenda but I prefer Brent and I am a 14 year old transgendered boy. I live in a really small town in Louisiana and there are no other people here like me. I only have internet access when my parents aren’t hanging over my shoulder when I’m at a coffee shop down the road. When I’m there, I’m obsessed with Doctor Who and trying to find out what my gender means. I want to go on hormones when I’m older but that won’t happen for a very long time. Until then, I like to learn about transgender stuff through people on the internet that I read about transitioning.
I don’t have a credit card or a bank account or a lot of money so I can’t donate to your kickstart page. I thought that maybe if I emailed you my story and you posted it on your website, other people would understand how important it would be to someone else to have a magazine that they could carry with them and read over and over and over again when they felt alone like I do. When I saw the picture of those boys on your covers, I thought maybe one day that could be me.
My mother and father know about how I feel but they want to ignore it and try and talk me into wearing girl clothes and acting more feminine. I think that if I could show them that other people are going through the same thing and that they aren’t freaks, or weird or bad people then it would be easier for them to accept me. As their son.
It is okay if you post this, it might help others understand why this is needed.
Please tell me when I can order my copy because I’m saving up my allowance starting now.
Have a good day!