Storytelling is powerful. I recently wrote "The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition." It was published by The Huffington Post and later appeared on other popular sites including Jezebel. I'm still in shock that hundreds of thousands of readers from around the world have read my story.
But my story isn't the only one out there. There are countless personal stories by other LGBT Korean Americans that need to be told. And we need to share these stories in order to foster understanding and acceptance within the Korean American community.
The Dari Project is a wonderful group that has compiled and edited a book of stories written by LGBT Korean Americans. But the Dari Project needs your help to share this beautiful resource with the community.
I am in search of 50 people who will pledge $20 to help publish and distribute this book. I believe that I can reach my goal, but only with your help. Can you please donate $20 so I can reach my fundraising goal?
And if you can't donate (or want to go above and beyond), can you share this fundraising challenge with 3 people you know? It's simple -- just send a tweet or post a Facebook status update with a link to this page!
Thank you in advance for backing this project. I promise your support will be put to good use as we set out to change hearts and minds.
Andy (also known as - 깍쟁이 or my mom's "sassy girl")
HOW THE DARI PROJECT WILL USE YOUR DONATION
Thanks to some friends and supporters the Dari Project has been able to get started but they need your help to publish this collection as a bilingual print resource for our community. Your generous contributions will go towards the following:
- Full Korean and English translation services
- Editing Korean and English Stories
- Publication Design
- Publication Printing
- Dari Project Marketing
But most importantly, providing your friends, family members and allies with FREE copies of the publication to share.
ABOUT THE DARI PROJECT
Dari Project is a volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent. By documenting and sharing the life stories of LGBTQ Koreans, we seek to build bridges among Korean American families, social networks, institutions and faith communities.
Since its inception in 2006, the Dari Project leadership has dreamed of publishing the first collection of personal narratives of LGBTQ Koreans as a bilingual resource for LGBTQ Koreans and their friends and families, and we're so close to making this dream a reality!
We've solicited 27 stories from members of our community, which represent multiple experiences, including homo/bi/transphobia in Korean American communities, coming out as an LGBTQ person, building relationships with family, and membership in faith communities.