Chinese Trans Man U.S. Book Tour

$976 of $10k goal

Raised by 18 people in 2 months
Ming Lei
on behalf of Lura Frazey
 COLTON, OR
Being trans is difficult everywhere, but can you imagine being trans in a place where everyone lives in stealth? It makes it nearly impossible to find information, friends, and mentors. Until 2003, I didn't even have a word for myself and I still don't know any other trans people in my own country. I've written a book about my life as a trans man coming of age in China: Life Beyond My Body, which has been published here in the United States. Because my book has been published, a friend sent me a ticket to visit the U.S.

For the first time, I am meeting other trans people, and can ask questions about their experiences and perspectives. I am discovering a brotherhood of trans men and have been invited to visit several cities to share my story and learn theirs.

My ultimate goal is to write a second book based on what I learn while living out of the closet for the first time and traveling in America, but I can't do this without you. Will you help?

If you donate $25, I will send you a copy of my book, Life Beyond My Body.

If you donate $50, I will send you a signed copy of my book, personalized to you.

For a $100 or higher donation, I will send you a signed copy of my book, personalized to you, and include you on one of my upcoming Author Q&A calls where you can ask me questions about my book and about trans life in China.

Funds raised will pay for transportation, lodging, meals, and incidentals while traveling from March through September 2017.

I have invitations confirmed to: San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta, Northern California, Seattle, Portland. I also have invitations pending to: Cincinnati, Tuscon, Phoenix, New York, Philadelphia.

Thank you for helping me reach my goals. This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime for me -- you can follow my journey by subscribing to my mailing list at LifeBeyondMyBody.com.
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Update 1
Posted by Ming Lei
2 months ago
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Dear friends,

I have started doing book readings and signings. The responses I get afterward have opened my eyes to something important.

Again and again, people say, "We need your story because we do not have enough narratives from trans men or trans people of color."

I have started to receive email from trans people who are asking if I will come speak in their city. Even in liberal Portland, I met a trans man who lives in stealth. All this surprises me, but I am beginning to see the situation in the U.S. is more complicated than I realized.

I know the difficulty of living an isolated, hidden life. Now I am learning how sharing our stories can bring people together and help them feel like someone understands, especially if they have felt invisible even among other trans people.

When people ask me to speak in their city, I want to say yes, but I need your help. Some of the venues are helping with travel expenses and trans men are generously opening their homes to me, but I must raise some of the necessary funds myself, otherwise I cannot go.

There are three ways you can help me:

1. Donate.
2. Ask your friends and family to donate.
3. Share this fundraiser on your social media.

Thank you for your support and help. I never imagined I would have friends and allies I could reach out to this way. I am grateful to each and every one of you.

Ray
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Teri Poppino
2 months ago

Lura, I am not able to donate on this site. Can you check into it and see if you can fix the issue? Thanks, Teri Grace

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$976 of $10k goal

Raised by 18 people in 2 months
Created February 3, 2017
Ming Lei  
on behalf of Lura Frazey
KC
$71
Kensington Community Church
16 days ago (Offline Donation)
BF
$100
Beavercreek UCC Women's Fellowship
16 days ago (Offline Donation)
RT
$50
Rian Thiruchelvam
23 days ago

Ray it was a pleasure meeting and talking to you. I wish you only the very best for a successful journey ahead. Keep in touch when you can.

JU
$25
Jan Underwood
1 month ago
$50
Teri Grace Poppino
1 month ago

No need for a book--I've already got one. Best wishes on your journey, Ray!

DR
$100
Danny Rosen
1 month ago
1
1

Best wishes for your travels.

JR
$25
Johanna Rayman
1 month ago
1
1
KE
$100
Kim Erskine
1 month ago
1
1
$25
Kristy Bernardo
2 months ago
1
1

I can't wait to read it. Wishing you a successful campaign!

DW
$25
David Weekley
2 months ago
1
1

Blessings and Peace, David & Deborah Weekley

Teri Poppino
2 months ago

Lura, I am not able to donate on this site. Can you check into it and see if you can fix the issue? Thanks, Teri Grace

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