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Transgender Model Andreja Pejić Launches Documentary Kickstarter Campaign - VIDEO

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Supermodel Andreja Pejić, who recently came out as a transgender woman, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a feature-length documentary on her life.

Pejić, an Australian national originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, spent time in a refugee camp near Belgrade during the Bosnian War.

The documentary Andrej(a) “will explore gender politics in-depth around the globe, and the beauty industry and its attitude towards diversity, will be a focal point.”

Writing on Kickstarter, Pejić explains:

“I hope that by sharing my humanity, pain, tears, laughter, joy, and biggest struggles on film, it will shed light on what it means to live as a transgender individual. I have always believed that differences between people should not equal divisions and I simply want to create something that could help build a bridge between my community and the rest of the world.”

Watch Andreja's Kickstarter appeal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Web Series 'Tough Love' Seeks Funding On Kickstarter: VIDEO

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Earlier this year we told you about the queer web series Tough Love that mines the hazards of being broke, gay and living in New York City for comedy gold. The show centers on best friends and roommates Steven Bell, who is gay, and Blaire Wendel, who is a lesbian and enjoys looking at pictures of Kate Winslet in her spare time. With the first half of the second season in the can, the show's creators are now turning to Kickstarter to create the final 6 episodes of season 2. Named a staff pick by Kickstarter, the show hopes to continue telling non-traditional narratives that elsewhere might not find a home:

Gay characters in mainstream television are usually portrayed as one dimensional stereotypes, a half-assed attempt by networks to incorporate diversity into their programming. Gay people are as complex and varied as any other human beings, and we wanted to make a show to demonstrate that. [...]

We've been making Tough Love for over a year now, but we need your help to continue.Your financial contribution is not only supporting our show, it's also proving to mainstream television that non-traditional stories are in demand.

Watch as Steven and Blaire have a yard sale to help raise funds for season 2, AFTER THE JUMP...

Also, for those in the New York area, the creators are hosting a Kickstarter party on September 18. You can contribute to their Kickstarter campaign HERE. And in case you missed it, be sure to check out previous episodes of Tough Love HERE

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GaymerX Is Back For A Third Round With a New Crowdfunding Campaign: VIDEO

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The team behind GaymerX, an LGBTQ-focused gathering of gamers, is back with a new Kickstarter and a mission to resurrect the popular convention. Now entitled GX3: Everyone Games, the the con’s organizers have decided to emphasize the fact that gamers of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome within the queer gaming space.

Gx3“The point of this Kickstarter is to continue our work with creating a convention that is different and awesome--weird and safe, but diverse space in the gaming community.” GaymerX CEO Matt Conn explains in the group’s crowdfunding video. "We've decided that we want to keep doing what we're doing. We know that this work is important."

Despite successfully raising funds to finance previous GaymerX events, Conn and co. ran into substantial last-minute expenses that would eventually put the future of the GaymerX brand in jeopardy.

Our first year, we didn't really know what we were doing and had to try to figure it out on the fly. Because of this, we hit a lot of unexpected roadblocks, expenses, and last minutes issues. With GaymerX2, we had a plan and knew what we wanted to do, but went with a venue that was extremely costly and overestimated attendance.

Having learned from previous years’ woes, GaymerX is focusing on raising funds in advance of booking a space for the convention. The Kickstarter’s $80,000 goal will cover about half of G3’s total cost of $159,500, the remainder of which the team hopes to raise via corporate sponsorships. Blizzard Entertainment Inc., the studio behind the popular World of Warcraft and Diablo series, has contributed $10,000 to the organization along with similar sponsorship from a number of other organizations. With 17 days left to go, G3’s Kickstarter has already raised over $58,000 dollars in the days leading up to the campaign’s September 18th’s deadline.

Take a look at G3: Everyone Games’s Kickstarter campaign video AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Gay Men Draw Vaginas' Could Make a Lovely Addition to Your Coffee Table Book Collection: VIDEO

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Oh Kickstarter, how you never cease to amuse us

A Kickstarter campaign is currently underway for 'Gay Men Draw Vaginas' - a proposed coffee table book chocked full of full-color drawings of vaginas as conceptualized by gay men. 

For the past three years, Keith Wilson and Shannon O'Malley have been collecting vag drawings - scary ones, humorous ones, abstract ones. The drawings were then arranged into thematic chapters for the book, such as "Monsters," "80s Vag," and "Mysteries."

Check out the (NSFW-ish) video for the campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...

The duo recently spoke with The Huffington Post to share where the inspiration for the project came from:

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 9.00.53 AMKeith Wilson: Three years ago, we were at a restaurant with a bunch of other homos and the topic of vaginas came up. After a few unenlightened comments came out of the mouths of the gay men, Shannon asked me to draw a vagina on the table with a crayon. After I did, everyone at our table gawked at it, critiqued it. It started a totally vaginal conversation in a restaurant full of children and families -- fun stuff. Shannon asked my boyfriend, who was also at the table, to draw one. When he did, everyone wanted to scrutinize it and compare it to the other shitty vagina I'd made. The night was filled with vag chat.

The campaign has already raised over $43,000 of its initial goal of $37,000 and still has 18 days to go. Check it out HERE.

What's your concept of what a vagina looks like?

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Documentary 'Golf Alpha Yankee' Exposes Extreme Anti-Gay Laws In Iran: WATCH

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The documentary Golf Alpha Yankee exposes extremely harsh anti-gay laws in Iran.

Homosexuality in Iran is legally punishable with imprisonment, torture and execution.

Golf Alpha Yankee "provides an intimate immersion into the world of LGBT people from Iran, who were forced to flee their home country, and are now waiting in limbo in conservative Turkey as asylum seekers with the United Nations. They hope to receive resettlement in the west, where they may one day be free to love without penalty."

A Kickstarter campaign has been set up to fund the post-production costs of the documentary

Watch the trailer for Golf Alpha Yankee, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Colbert Rips Absurd Vessyl 'Digital Cup' Kickstarter Apart: VIDEO

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The Potato Salad Kickstarter project enjoyed its brief moment in the sun, wonderfully mocking the silly projects that sometimes wind up on the crowdfunding site. However, it was not so rare a project as one might think, and a great many are just as pointless but much more serious.

Steven Colbert, who is making the most out of his remaining time on The Colbert Report, spent time on his show utterly ripping one such project to pieces. The lucky project was Vessyl, a mug that can analyze the liquid poured in it and send nutritional info to the requisite iPhone companion app.

Snarked Colbert:

Wait...a digital cup that can tell me what's in the cup AND how many calories AND allow me to drink it?! That level of information was previously available only on the can you just poured it out of.

You can watch the video on Vessyl, and Colbert's companion project Toylyt, AFTER THE JUMP...

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