Dear Friends, Fans, and Loved Ones,
Hi! Liberty Belles here with an update on where on our project is at. We started this adventure in February 2018 and in the last couple months we have built an amazing website, started planning a voter registration tour, done some great interviews, and registered some voters. However, we were aware this timeline was incredibly ambitious and that fundraising would be a challenge. The 2018 elections were critical to the mission of protecting our shared values of the larger queer community. We wanted to strike out during a time of uncertainty in our working democracy . Unfortunately, we’ve come to a point where the project cannot continue as intended and our amazing Liberty Belles have other immediate opportunities that support their art and keep them working artists. For the time being, we have to shelve the Liberty Belles project and think forward to 2020.
We will no longer be launching the Kickstarter or pursuing our national tour at this time. Logistically it is not possible with the time available and financially we’re not anywhere close to where we need to be to pay the queens a fair wage, plan a nationally touring show, or rent a bus. Failure is a part of any new venture and we’ve learned some valuable lessons in the process.
We are committed to supporting working artists and queer professionals and we have done so while we developed our proof of concept. What we did raise in donations went to photographers, graphic artists, videographers, hair stylists, queer-owned companies, reimbursing our phase 1 costs, and web design. Neither our ED or our Belles have been paid for their work other than in reimbursements. We thank everyone who donated during our initial phase so we could try to get on the road and be a part of the 2018 elections.
We know that this idea is a great one and deserves more time for planning and building a stronger coalition. We are keeping the organization open for now to explore our mission in 2020. Elections happen all the time and we want to find a permanent place in that process. We're truly sorry and disappointed it can't be this year like we planned.
Your enthusiasm for our idea was what kept us going. We hope you’ll share it again once we figure out what it will take to make our project succeed in the future. Please support Madame DuMoore, Carla Rossi, Hydrangea Strangea, and Pepper Pepper in their new exciting ventures. They have some amazing stuff happening in 2018 and beyond. Once again we thank everyone who has supported our project and us.
If you have any questions or comments for us about our project, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are figuring out how we can help in Oregon before the May primary and we’ll announce any events on our social media.
All the best,
Kyle Ashby, ED of The Liberty Belles Save America
The Liberty Belles's are out and proud on a mission to promote voter engagement and create a culture of political empathy across the U.S.A. This summer they will bring a touring show across America to sow harmony and register voters (well, at least the voter part). However, they can't do it without the help of viewers like you.
Won't you please think of the drag queens and press the Donate button below? Or click here to learn more about our mission.