Thanks to the 150 donors who helped us meet our original $6000 goal! With the increased media attention, we've decided to add $1000 to the budget to pay for a security guard, $100 per day of the 10 day tour! Please help us keep Shakina safe on the road!!
With the recent passage of HB2 in North Carolina there have been some high profile corporate and celebrity sanctions on the state, but for Transgender and gender-non-conforming folks, restricting access to cultural entertainment only adds insult to injury. Here in New York City my gender transition has been very public. I crowdfunded my gender confirmation surgery on this site, and created two solo shows about the process, ONE WOMAN SHOW, which told the story of my life leading up to my transition, and POST-OP, which followed the 6 weeks I spent in Thailand before, during, and after the surgery. I'm now combining both pieces into a single full-length work, working title: MANIFEST PUSSY. Musical Theatre Factory, the theatre company I founded with ONE WOMAN SHOW, is helping me raise $6,000 to send the show on the road! Both NC trans folk and their allies deserve to know they are not alone in their feelings of pain and anger, and I think I can help bring a lot of joy, pride, and visibility to the cause. We want to go on tour JUNE 9-21, between my performances of ONE WOMAN SHOW and POST-OP at Joe's Pub, and we plan to do this at the lowest possible cost because ANY money raised on the trip will go back to local organizations in NC working to challenge HB2. As we connect with people in each city, we'll be staying at folks houses, sleeping on couches and air mattresses, sharing home-cooked meals where we can talk to folks and hear about their experiences. We are planning to visit Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Asheville, Flat Rock, Charlotte, Fayetteville, and Raleigh. In each city we will work with local organizers to find venues, and connect with local activists and artists. We need your help to make this happen! We have budgeted $6,000 for a van rental, all the gas, and food for a 10 day/8 city tour. If you can't donate financially, maybe you can help by organizing a place for us to crash in your town, or putting together a pot-luck dinner after a show! Comment below if you want to help, if you have a venue where we can put on the show, or a couch where we can crash! Let's #MANIFESTPUSSY in North Carolina!