autumn’s KEEP MAD LYNN ALIVE fundraiser (in which a disabled queer trans woman asks for money)
Hey. Please read this. PLEASE SHARE PLEASE PLEASE REBLOG.
Hi. My name’s Madison Lynn. I’m a queer trans lady who lives in Detroit and writes short fiction, monologues and poetry. You may have read my short story “Stones Stand Still” featured in Topside Press’ The Collection or a maybe a collection of poetry released by Unthinkable Creatures Press called Rough Draft Daily. I’m also relatively well known for doing monologues and performance art pieces in the Detroit theatre world (most recently at Boxfest Detroit, an annual theatre festival dedicated to giving voice to new female directors in the area). I used to play in a bluegrass band called Petal Shop and I have a knack for playing the singing saw at weddings. I have a dog named Dave. I am going to ask you for money in exchange for Things.
This has been the hardest year of my life, emotionally and financially. It’s been a long year coping with suicide, worsening mental illness, abuse at the hands of police and medical professionals, and coping with recovery after a long career of alcohol and drug abuse. On October 16th, I was released from a small psych ward in the suburbs and transferred to an intensive outpatient program which I am still attending. This marks the fourth time this year that I’ve been admitted to the hospital because of mental illness. I’ve spent approximately 13% of the past year on the other side of locked doors eating bad hospital food and making collages in art therapy. It hasn’t been fun.
Next to my mental health, the biggest problem in my life are my finances. I’m drowning in hospital bills. Due to time spent in the hospital and daily outpatient treatment, I have been unable to work more than ten hours a week, where I barely make minimum wage. My food stamps were recently cut back from $16 a month to $15 (yes, fifteen dollars. thanks, Michigan!). I’ve been lucky enough to keep a roof over my head so far, but I am reaching the point where homelessness is becoming a very real threat. SO I’m turning to you, Internet. I have a proposition.
I’m throwing a “Mad Lynn Solidarity Or Something” fundraiser. I have a collection of e-zines, monologues, short stories and CDs to sell in exchange for, well, whatever it is you can think of. Probably money. Money would be good. Included in the package is:
- Agamemmnon: A short story about a woman who decides to become a homosexual and murder her husband.
- Alecto: A monologue about demons, addiction and mental illness.
- FANFICTION: A collection of short stories and monologues inspired by or in response to works written by other brilliant writers of our generation (and also Gertrude Stein because ‘cmon). Included in the collection is:
- Drive: A selection from a longer short story inspired by Imogen Binnie’s debut novel Nevada.
- Horsehead: A monologue in response to Jordaan Mason’s brilliant album, Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head.
- Objects, Rooms: An exchange of letters between myself and Gertrude Stein about confusion, alcoholism and writing.
- WIll It What We Will: A monologue about bodies, love and friendship in response to Gus Allis’ I Though Fat Girls Were Supposed To Be Funny.
- Inside/Outside: A collection of autobiographical stories about living in the psych ward and being a person with mental illness in general.
- Rough Draft Daily: A collection of poetry written in January, in which I wrote a poem a day while fresh out of the psych ward and dealing with the realities of sobriety and grief for the first time.
That’s eight pieces of work, spanning several years of writing. I’m asking for $15 for the whole package, but any donation is welcome and you’ll receive the package even if you hand over a nickel. The first ten people to donate $25 or more will also receive a copy of City Hymns, a fully mastered fancy-pants CD of upbeat country-bluegrass music featuring yours truly on the singing saw and vocals.Tumblr won’t let me place a button directly in a post, but there is a paypal “Donate” button located on my tumblr home page at http://mad-lynn.tumblr.com - just include your e-mail in the text field or e-mail me personally and I’ll send you the package along with a pretty little thank-you note. If you go premium and want a copy of City Hymns, just e-mail me at email@example.com with your street address after making your purchase and I’ll get right on sending that pretty little thing out ASAP. For those who prefer not to involve the Internet in their monetary transactions, e-mail me and we can work something out. Please, please, help a lady out.
Love and solidarity and shit,
Madison Lynn McEvilly
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Yoooo I can’t log into my old camming account so before I make a new one, could anyone use the referral??
I’ve been openly out as a queer dude since feb 2005 when I was 14. I’m 22 now and sometimes I think back on this decision and feel I should have waited. But, all pros and cons summed up, I’m here and alive and happy at 22 and it is partly because of that decision.
Take National Coming Out Day to reflect on those who can’t come out, those who have less than ideal coming out stories, and what we can do in our day to day to make our communities safer spaces for everyone. Thank you.
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My feels. Up until April of this year, I hadn’t been in a monogamous relationship since 2008 (my first, 6 month long, really shitty relationship). I’m open to being monogamous, but I don’t want to be irresponsibly so or irresponsibly non monogamous.
So if our house gets tagged by the end of the month, we’re probably moving in a few months. I need to find people to live with or look at somewhere for myself.
Client asked me what a query is. Asked what a queer is. When I said someone who identifies as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Trans*, he just said we and gross and he doesn’t hate them but he doesn’t like them and doesn’t believe in gay marriage or anything because he doesn’t agree with it.