Help build 866 DYKE DRAMA

All too often, gay community spaces are out of reach. Resources for queer women and non-binary people are particularly hard to find. Lesbian bars are closing, dance halls are shutting down and clubs and social events remain inaccessible for many. Even before COVID-19, spaces for gay women are few and far in-between. Even on the internet, we are separated by algorithms and controlled by giant corporations. I’m so tired of scrolling through social media to find gay community. I wanted something different. 

So I started 866 DYKE DRAMA.

866 DYKE DRAMA aims to build community through anonymous voicemails, encouraging emotional vulnerability and connection. Inspired by 1970s lesbian feminist hotlines, gay community newsletters, telemarketing and the early internet, DYKE DRAMA is the only non-emergency gay hotline in the US (that isnt for... exclusively erotic purposes.) It is also unique in that it is entirely decentralized and user-driven, as all content comes directly from callers. It’s digital, yet analog, communal but anonymous.  

While working on this project I was amazed by the feedback and support I received both online and in person. Complete strangers talked shop with me, left sweet encouraging voicemails and offered so much helpful advice. I’ve always struggled with asking for help, but now I need yours. 

LGBT resources have a tendency to be short-term projects. To sustain this project for the long run, I'm turning to community support. To get this up and off the ground, I’m trying to raise $1000 for yearly operating costs- after this I will turn to patreon and selling merch for continuing support. All money from this fundraiser will be used for operating costs- any excess money will go towards next year's fees. 

My yearly operating costs are:

Wix                      216
Zapier                239      264
Phone fees      275
total                    995.70

This is a project of love. I can fund this for a year or two, but I can’t make it a long-term resource without your help. Help me establish a community resource for years to come.



Olivia Herman
Boston, MA

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