Help Shiri Attend the Lambda Awards!

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Shiri Eisner  Toronto, ON
****************THIS FUNDRAISER IS NOW ENDED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED.****************

Hello! I'm Shiri Eisner, I'm a bi trans* disabled persn of color, and the author of Bi:Notes for a Bisexual Revolution. I have good news and bad news:

The good news is, my book has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and a Bisexual Book Award in the bisexual nonfiction category! I SO want to visit NYC to attend both ceremonies (taking place on May 31st and June 2nd, respectively) as well as give talks, readings, and book signings, and meet people, writers, and activists from the community. It is a rare opportunity for me to create new connections and promote my writing and activism!

The bad news is, I face serious challenges actually getting to NYC in time. The primary one is my chronic illness, fibromyalgia, which creates routine challenges for me in my daily life, including constant weakness, fatigue, and pain. Because of that, in order to survive a 12-hour flight from Tel-Aviv to New York I would need to be driven to the airport, use a wheel chair, and travel in business class to prevent long-term damage to my body (from lack of ample space and ability to lie flat), which has already happened to me in the past after a long bus ride. I would also need to be accompanied by my girlfriend, who is also my caretaker, as I am unable to travel independently. I also need a place to stay, as well as funds for food and transportation.

Being chronically ill also means that my ability to work for a living is very limited. Even with my monthly disability fare, I cannot afford this trip on my own.

I am trying to raise $10,000, which will go towards:
 - Two $4,000 plane tickets for my partner/caretaker and I
 - $1000 for two weeks in a hotel
 - $1000 for two weeks of food, transportation, and emergency money

Please help me raise this money, so that I go to NYC, attend the ceremonies, and - fingers crossed - hopefully be there in the flesh to accept an award!

Please note: if I don't manage to raise the full amount, the donations will be used for paying my medical bills (for hyperbaric treatment).
If you would not like your donation to be used for this purpose in case that happens, please let me know.
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Update 9
Posted by Shiri Eisner
35 months ago
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Click here to see the rewards for those who donate $50+ on my fundraiser http://bidyke.tumblr.com/post/83637520943/three-images-one-showing-a-crochet-scarf-in-bi
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Update 8
Posted by Shiri Eisner
35 months ago
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Please note: if I don't manage to raise all the money, the donations will be used for paying my medical bills (for hyperbaric treatment). If you would not like your donation to be used for this purpose in case that happens, please let me know.
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Update 7
Posted by Shiri Eisner
35 months ago
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Click this link to see the bookmarks I will send to anyone who donates $20 and over (in addition to the other goodies): http://bidyke.tumblr.com/post/83083216117/image-crochet-bookmarks-made-of-a-long-purple
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Update 6
Posted by Shiri Eisner
35 months ago
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Friendly reminder that any donation helps! Even if it's just $10 or $5 or however much you have - I would be grateful! Thanks!
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$3,920 of $10k goal

Raised by 108 people in 36 months
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Created April 7, 2014
$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
KA
$50
Kirsten Anderson
35 months ago
$5
Anonymous
35 months ago
BR
$10
billie rain-shadid
35 months ago
$10
Sara Clemens
35 months ago
NF
$50
Nan Foster
35 months ago
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$50
Sini Savolainen
35 months ago

You have inspired me SO much! I'm doing my bachelors thesis on sex ed & sexual/reproductive health experiences of Finnish bi & pan young people and I'm trying to somehow include your book as a source in it. (I'm vegan and it would be nice if the scarf could be too, but if this becomes an obstacle, I accept it and understand it. I'm not THAT fundamentalist. And come on! How many people have the chance to get a scarf made by their idol!?)

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Hanna Herzog
35 months ago
$15
Anonymous
35 months ago
$20
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35 months ago
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