Esther Lemmens

is creating the Fifty Shades of Gender podcast and book

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Hi there, and welcome to the Fifty Shades of Gender project! We explore the diverse range of gender identities without judgement, while providing a platform for authenticity and self-expression for those that fall between or outside of binary male or female, stereotypical masculine or feminine.

We hope to launch the podcast towards the end of 2019, and for the book to come out somewhere in 2020 (that's the plan, anyway!). In the mean time, you can listen to the podcast previewread book chapters, find out more about us on the website, or connect with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

I want this to be accessible to all, so I've not chosen exponential pricing ($1-2-5-50-100-1000, that kind of thing). I wanted to pick some fun names for the tiers (after all, we're all magical creatures, right?) but please know there is no correlation between the magical creature you identify as and the amount you give. It's just for fun.

That said, if you'd like to give more, we're not going to growl at you and scare you away, like Shrek did to Donkey when they first met. (There was spit. It wasn't pretty.) You are very welcome to specify a particular amount when you sign up.

As I was giving some thought as to what to offer for each tier, I realised I don't want this to become a hierarchy, either – even though Patreon recommends you give more to those who give you more. The way I see it, if you support me with $1, I'm just as grateful as if you support me with $7 – or $700 (because #rebel and #rulebreaker).

Now I've said all that, you may be wondering why on earth you should be giving me money. Well, you shouldn't. Only give me money if you want to. All I can tell you is that if you become a Patron, you'll be supporting me in bringing all these beautiful stories into the world. And who knows, increasing understanding and acceptance of all things gender along the way.

Now that's magic!

And, you'll be my team of trusted advisors. If you have something to say, I'll listen. If you have a question, I'll answer. If there's something you'd like me to cover, ask, try, find out, or talk about, let me know. 

We (Katy and myself) look forward to going on this journey with you! From the bottom of our magical hearts to yours – THANK YOU! :)


PS: Please remember that I'm learning about all this stuff. I'll make mistakes. I'll get things wrong. And I may say something stupid, or – unbeknown to me – ignorant. I want you to know that I don't take this lightly. When apologies are in order, they will be made, and humble pie will be consumed. Good job I like pie.
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