Thanks to the support of our donors, we were able to keep Patch housed in January. However, Patch's situation has not changed and Patch is still in need of support to pay rent for this month (February). Patch has been told by multiple social services that there is a massive waitlist for affordable housing and Patch is struggling to find another housing situation that will be healthy and long-term.
Escaping an abusive relationship is difficult enough, but being left without resources to the point of facing homelessness and death would be horrifying for anyone. Patch is currently in this exact situation and needs your support to survive. Patch is the first person in the US to be legally recognized as agender. In order to achieve this, Patch has repeatedly fought on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, Patch has not received much support despite this emotionally and physically draining work, and to make matters worse Patch is dealing with the aftermath of an abuse situation and has been left with few resources as a result. There are only a few days left before Patch is going to lose housing, and ending up on the street will be a death sentence due to Patch's disabilities. Patch has exhausted the emergency resources available and now needs the support of the community to ensure Patch's survival. Patch shared the following information with me in regards to what this funding will allow Patch to continue working on, along with being able to retain a place to live:
"Legal Recognition: For those who don’t know, I am the first person in the history of the US - and likely the world - to be legally recognized as agender. While this isn’t such a big deal for me since I’ve been agender since I could conceptualize gender, I understand how big of a deal it is for the ongoing battle for LGBTQ+ rights and survival. The battle for my recognition continues though, as I fight for accurate identity documents to actually recognize my identity as equally as millions of other people have a right to. While this battle I’m waging to be legally recognized as agender is largely about myself, the choice I’ve made to pursue this fight is not a choice I have made solely for my personal benefit. I live by a personal philosophy of doing my best to make choices which benefit others beyond myself, and I do my best to avoid making choices which benefit myself at the detriment of others. My continued battle for legal recognition benefits you - even if you’re not agender - even if you’re cigender. Because my battle isn’t simply about me being seen and respected -- my battle is about whether or not the government is legally allowed to tell someone that their identity isn’t valid. If this battle stops it will be a serious setback to the progression of LGBTQ+ rights for a long time to come, and could end up even impacting cisgender peoples’ rights.
Confined To A Checkbox: Confined To A Checkbox is a memoir I have been working on since my court ruling back in March, 2017. The work focuses on my personal relationship to gender, and the intersections I face being agender, queer, and disabled in our society. This is actually a project that I’ve not wanted to do from the very start of it, however it is something that has been obvious to me as important and necessary for a number of reasons. For starters, sharing queer and disabled experiences helps others who experience similar struggles not feel as isolated and alone. This can have an uplifting, empowering, and at times life saving impact upon people. That alone makes the emotional and physical labor of writing the work - and in doing so revisiting the traumas I experience from my intersections - worth it.
Secondly, getting this project out will help further the legal battles I am championing by helping to expose others to experiences and struggles they wouldn’t otherwise have, and in doing so it will help ever-so-slightly shift the social consciousness, which history has shown us is incredibly important and necessary for social change to occur.
My Artistic Pursuits: This is the bit that I think most people won’t care about, yet it’s the things that’s most important to me. From the very first time I turned on a Nintendo Entertainment system in 1993, and the first level of Super Mario Bros. loaded up, I have wanted to write & design videogames. And I have. At 16-years-old I got my first paid videogame writing job, and ever since I have bounced around other people’s failed projects, sometimes getting paid, mostly not, trying my best to live my dream. To many people videogames are seen as toys, or frivolous pieces of entertainment, and while they definitely can be, they can also be important and impactful pieces of art. Like all other art mediums, videogames can move people, can change how people think, feel, and live their lives. The big difference between videogames and other art forms however is that videogames allow people to have nearly fully immersive experience, and to be active participants in those experiences; videogames act much more like empathy machines than other forms of media. It is because of this that I have chosen to focus on making games that help people learn about social issues they otherwise may not think about. From games about being bullied in school, to games that illustrate the futility of people fighting one-another, and sometimes some more silly games because it’s good to just have silly fun sometimes. But this isn’t a dream that I can achieve without support, the videogame industry - like most industries - is incredibly competitive, and being queer and disabled puts you at a serious disadvantage in every industry."
Please support Patch in continuing this important work and help to ensure the survival of an amazing queer, disabled activist!