Every month since March 2021, 10-40% of my gross income has been reallocated toward community care. I’m including this information on my website not to boast, but because I value transparency and accountability.
This work is being done imperfectly through the framework of “solidarity, not charity,” which highlights the idea of showing up for each other in mutual aid and respect.
Dean Spade writes his book, “Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And The Next)” about how mutual aid focuses on everyone indiscriminately, not just those deemed “worthy” of help.
“Being more engaged with the complex and painful realities we face, and with thoughtful, committed action alongside others for justice, feels much better than numbing out or making token, self-consoling charity gestures. It feels good to let our values guide every part of our lives.” – Dean Spade, “Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And The Next)”
As the founder of Youthphoria, I donate my time both as a photographer and organizer. Additionally, I donate my time as the co-founder and co-host of Rainbow Connections—a monthly, virtual meetup for LGBTQIA+ kids and allies (K-5), in partnership with the Abington Township Public Library. I’ve been volunteering weekly as a crisis counselor with The Trevor Project for six years.
This page wouldn’t exist without the support of the Pause on the Play community, a community with rich conversations and resources around the importance of giving back (affiliate link here if you’re interested in joining us).
Below is an ongoing list of the amount and percentage given per month, along with the organization or individual supported (receipts can be found on my “Give Back” Instagram stories for transparency).
- March 2021: $1,575 (20%) to Morris Home’s relocation program, supporting the trans and gender nonconforming community in Philadelphia.
- April 2021: $1,397 (20%) to Red Canary Song, a grassroots collective of Asian sex workers and allies supporting decriminalization and migrant justice.
- May 2021: $1,036 (20%) to No More Secrets, a Philadelphia organization that opened the nation’s first menstrual hub, “The SPOT Period,” in Germantown.
- June 2021: $800 (20%) to Bebashi in Philadelphia, whose Trans Necessities Closet gives trans folks access to clothing, wigs, prosthetic breasts, binders, and other necessities.
- July 2021: $482 (10%) to Harriett’s Bookshop, in support of them owning a permanent location for the new Home for Harriett’s in Fishtown.
- August 2021: $921 (10%) to Black Doctor’s Consortium, which is dedicated to the education and advocacy for African Americans to reduce the incidence of disease and death from COVID-19. Additionally, $290 toward Youthphoria.
- September 2021: $300 (10%) to my friend Jefferson Brown’s memorial and $368 to CBTEL, The Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation created for and by Black, transgender Philadelphians.
- October 2021: $500 (10%) toward my friend’s gender affirming bottom surgery on GoFundMe. Additionally, $145 toward Youthphoria.
- November 2021: $500 (40%) to Chocolate Ballerina Company—a contemporary community-based dance organization that supports artists of color in the Philadelphia region—along with a $90 ticket donation to pay-it-forward to a community member.
- December 2021: $700 (10%) to 13 TranSanta participants, delivering gifts to trans youth in need, safely and anonymously.
Totaling to $9,104 for the year of 2021.