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Bring Bloggers of Color to SFS17!

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Raised by 24 people in 17 months

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit
(often called SFS or just "Woodhull" in passing) is an annual conference about sexual rights that is held in Washington, DC every August. The Woodhull Foundation has been extremely welcoming to and appreciative of the sex blogging community, and because of that, many bloggers gather at Woodhull to further their education, share their knowledge as panel speakers, and enjoy the company of their peers who are scattered across the world. 

Conferences can be expensive, and as a result, many bloggers require financial assistance to make it to Woodhull. Three of our community's bloggers of color — Victoria of Pretty Pink Lotus Bud , Rae of The Notice , and Carly of Dildo or DilDon't — will be attending this year, but need some extra financial support to make it to the summit. Because of that, Sugarcunt is raising money for them jointly to ensure that they can all afford registration, travel to the conference from Texas, Canada, and NYC, as well as sleep in actual beds and eat regularly for the duration of the conference.

The conference begins August 3rd, and registration ends in the last week of July. My goal is to reach full funding by July 16th in order to allow time for the beneficiaries to receive the funds and make all their arrangements. Since GoFundMe pays out regularly, they will receive the money to purchase their tickets as it arrives.

Why SFS?
The Sexual Freedom Summit has been a wonderful experience for many bloggers. It has been refreshing for older bloggers to attend a conference where the blogging community is valued, and it gives new bloggers the opportunity to meet their community face-to-face, often for the first time. SFS is an event that offers many of us the opportunity to further our professional education, network, and bond.

Sex blogging is overwhelmingly white, and the inclusion of these bloggers of color is VITAL! Their attendance can only improve the blogging community, the Woodhull Foundation, and the Summit. Feedback from bloggers and educators of color will help our efforts to create a stronger, more inclusive, more accessible sexual freedom movement. This is also an opportunity for us to meet these bloggers of color in-person for the first time, to get to know them IRL, and to strengthen our friendships with them. Woodhull was my first time in a sex-positive, affirming space, and I want these bloggers to experience the same joy! 

Who?

Beneficiaries

Carly
Carly is a queer, polyamorous sex educator who runs Dildo or DilDon't, where she writes about feminism, educates about sex, and reviews sex toys. Because Carly has been blogging for just over a year, she faces the same "new blogger" hurdles that other new bloggers face, but she has worked in the sex industry since 2010, meaning that she can bring a bevvy of knowledge and industry experience to Woodhull!

Rae
Rae is a queer blogger who runs The Notice , a blog about beauty and sexuality that includes beauty product and sex toy reviews. Rae is not new to the blogging world, but can greatly benefit from some assistance to get to Woodhull for the first time this year.

Victoria
Victoria is a queer, polyamorous woman who runs Pretty Pink Lotus Bud, a blog about her sexuality and sexual experiences. Victoria began her blog in February, and it's really difficult for newer bloggers to find sponsors for events when companies compare their reach to that of bloggers who have been writing for years.

Victoria wrote a mission statement about her blog for this fundraiser when I thought I would only be crowdfunding for one person. Here are her words:

I am an advocate for sexual freedom and the rights of individuals to openly express their sexuality in the ways in which they feel comfortable. I have always lived in my sexual truth yet I have always hidden this truth behind some other version of myself until I realized that there was no other version of myself. All of it is who I AM. To suppress any part of the self is to inevitably suppress the whole self. I am a human being, a spiritual being and yes, a sexual being. One is not separate from the others. I launched my blog shortly after coming across the quote, “If you do not see the light, be the light.” I knew that in my life, I had never known anyone to tell me that it was ok to be all that I am, especially no one that looks like me. I decided that I needed to be that person, not only for others but for myself as well; In order to heal myself from the shame and guilt I had been taught to have about who I am. I want to teach others that it is perfectly fine to express yourself in whatever manner you choose just the way you are; meaning you don’t need a perfect body to do it because the perfect body is simply an illusion. The hetero-monogamous narrative is not for everyone.

Organizer
I'm Sugarcunt . I've been a sex blogger for ~6 years, and I have started putting effort into bringing our blogging community together. Between sponsorships and blog advertising, my Woodhull trip is financed, so I'm focusing on getting newer and more marginalized members of our blogging community to the conference this year!

Donor Perks and Matching!
Come As You Are Co-Op (abbreviated henceforth as CAYA) has generously agreed to match up to $800 in new donations to this fundraiser! In addition to matching donations, they are also offering a free CAYA hanky or tote and a 30% discount in their online store to anyone who donates at least $25! The hankies and totes are only available while supplies last, so please donate soon if you want to be sure you get one. You are able to pick the color from their selection, and CAYA will cover shipping costs for your hanky/tote even if you are outside of Canada!

Once you donate, I will send the details to claim your hanky/tote and discount in a thank you message via GoFundMe.
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Hello supporters!

We're past the 50% mark! Thank you all for your shares and donations.

I want to specifically recognize the Woodhull Foundation's contribution. Thank you, Woodhull, for supporting marginalized bloggers!

My laptop crapped out on me earlier this week, so I have not gotten around to sending your thank-you responses with how to claim your hankies/totes and CAYA discounts. I appreciate your patience with me so far, and now that my desktop is set up I will be able to send these messages out soon.

I have reached out to CAYA for the discount code, and will start sending your reward information as soon as it comes through in the next few days! In the meantime, please continue to share as you can to bring blogger of color representation to Woodhull!
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More exciting news: Crystal Delights is matching $250 in donations! I am so thrilled that manufacturers and retailers in our community have shown so much support for this fundraiser, and I have so much more gratitude for them than words can express. I also want to take a minute to thank Dangerous Lilly, who contacted CAYA, Crystal Delights, and other businesses in our industry to set this up for me while I am in the process of moving. Her help has been absolutely essential to our current success!

Thank you Crystal Delights! Thank you Lilly!

If you have donated in the past day or two, please be patient about receiving your hanky/tote/discount info. My move is down to the wire, so I will not be able to send your thank-you e-mails with the information until Monday at the latest. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me and I will answer as my time this weekend allows: Sugarcunt [at] sugarcuntwrites.com
Thank you Crystal Delights!
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Hi friends! Quick update, since I apparently cannot edit previous updates: The CAYA hanky/tote/discount combo will only be available to those who donate AT LEAST $25.

I thought about adding a minimum before, but now that other bloggers have suggested it as well, that's the official rule. This is in place just to ensure that no one takes advantage of CAYA's generosity, and to ensure that one person cannot donate $1 repeatedly to get the entire supply of hankies.

Donations lower than $25 are still welcomed and appreciated, because every amount helps! We just want to be sure that the donation perks aren't abused. If you have any questions about this, contact me on Twitter: @Sugarcunt.
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Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your support to this fundraiser! If you've already shared this campaign, please consider sharing again, because I have an exciting update:

Come As You Are Co-Op (abbreviated henceforth as CAYA) has generously agreed to match up to $800 in new donations to this fundraiser! In addition to matching donations, they are also offering a free CAYA hanky or tote and a 30% discount in their online store to anyone who donates! The hankies and totes are only available while supplies last, so please donate soon if you want to be sure you get one. You are able to pick the color from their selection, and CAYA will cover shipping costs for your hanky/tote even if you are outside of Canada!

Once you donate, I will send the details to claim your discount and hanky or tote in a thank you message via GoFundMe.

Tell your friends! Please help us get these amazing bloggers to 2017's Sexual Freedom Summit!
Donate for 30% off & a CAYA hanky/tote!
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