Things are looking really bleak for the trans community right now, with over 400 anti-trans bills being debated all over the country and increased call for violence against us. This is when we need community most and the book community is coming out strong.

Trans author, Sim Kern, is organizing a readathon in order to raise money for trans organizations around the country. Watch the video below to learn more about the readathon. If you’re interested in participating in the readathon you can sign up here.

My goal is to read 8 books from March 20-27th and to raise 500 dollars for Brave Space Alliance, a Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ center located in south side Chicago.

Brave Space Alliance has a special place in my heart as it’s one of the few queer organizations in the south side who are organizing, advocating, and providing needed social services for trans and gender-nonconforming people. They offer access to a community pantry, assistance with housing and covering funeral costs, and have organized several support groups for people of all identities. They seriously do so much for our community with a limited amount of funding. My friends and I have utilized their services several times and it means the world to me that I can repay them by fundraising for them and supporting them in the midst of such violence and hatred towards our community.

This is where you come in. I’m looking for pledges!

Can you pledge to donate $5 dollars for every book I read? Maybe a one time donation works best for you. Even the smallest donation can make all the difference.

If you can’t donate, no problem! Please help spread the word by using the hashtag #transrightsreadathon on instagram, twitter, tiktok, whatever social media platform you’re on.

Right now the trans community needs us to unite and proclaim in a loud voice that they are loved and that their voices and lives matter.

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