Jul 07, 2016 10:41AM

Grace Dunham Launches Crowdfunding Platform To Support LGBTQI People In Jail


Grace Dunham is quite the little legend. They goes hard out shifting the status quo on the runway, can definitely act and is a vocal advocate for the LGBTQI community, especially when it comes to incarceration. Now Grace is stepping their game up by launching a crowdfunding platform specifically geared towards supporting queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people in jail, prison, and detention.

Consider this: we live in an age where strangers on the internet can rally together to raise $55,000 for one man's potato salad via a crowdfunding site, and yet most fundraising platforms don't allow fundraisers for bail, legal defense, or "the support of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity". 

Grace and their team are aiming to change that, with the launch of Support.fm — a site that will "assist groups already organizing on behalf of queer, trans, and GNC people in jail, prison, and detention centres." Basically the site will act as an online intermediary, helping LGBTQI activists to successfully run public campaigns without fear of being shut down. 

Support.fm rattles off some sobering stats about the very real problems incarcerated LGBTQI people face today, highlighting the need for a secure online platform that enables financial support. For example, incarceration rates for trans and gender nonconforming people are four times the national average; Black, Latinx, and indigenous people are more likely to be arrested, more likely to receive longer prison sentences, and more likely to be tried as adults when they are under the age of 18; and 60 percent of LGBTQI youth arrested and detained each year are Black and/or Latinx. 

Of the decision to launch Support.fm, Grace said"We wanted to support the work of queer and trans activists who are already doing imperative grassroots work, especially in communities of color and low-income communities."

Talk about contender for voice of a generation. Go Grace!

Photo: @lenadunham 

Madeleine Woon