Shamini’s Top Surgery Fundraiser

Ended on May 31st 2021

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$8,877AU
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This old king is going under the knife and he needs your support! Help me out with my top surgery 🙂

Rewards

$150+: A Taste of Kevin Razorline

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Did you know that for 10 years I performed as a drag king by the name of Kevin Razorline?
If you donate $150 or more, you will receive exclusive, never-before-released footage of some of Kevin's most iconic solo and group performances in troupes such as DKAP and the West Coast Kings!

$10+: My <3 and thanks!

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If you donate $10 or more, I will send you a heartfelt message of thanks.

$20+: The 90s never die

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If you donate $20 or more, I will send you my ultimate soft rock grunge boi 90s Spotify playlist which I spent a long time curating. (You will thank me later, trust me).

$30+: Plant a native tree in Australia

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Well this is pretty fancy, but if you donate $30 or more, Carbon Neutral Australia (in partnership with my crowdfunding platform ReadyFundGo) will plant 1 native tree in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor on your behalf!

$40+: It's Haiku time

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If you donate $40 or more, I will write a personalised haiku about you and send it to you.

$50+: The Zinester pack!

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If you donate $50 or more, I will send you a zine pack of 3 different zines I’ve produced.

(Potential zine titles include: Failbook, Kaio: A Thickshake Love Story, 20 Little Tips for Climate Anxiety, To all the colleagues I’ve loved before)

$70+: The Toon Pack

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If you donate $70, I’ll draw a cartoon sketch of you based on a photo of your choice.

$100+: The Skills Starter Pack

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If you donate $100 or more, I will teach you (via a recording) any of my skills below of your choice:

1) my famous dhal recipe
2) how to poach an egg
3) beginner parkour skills (rolls, vaults, jumps, balance, landings)

$200+: The Skills Professional Pack

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If you donate $200 or more, I will teach you (via Zoom or in person) one of my skills below of your choice:
1) Drag king 101 (make up/facial hair, binding, building your character and routine)
2) How to use trello
3) A 101 on InDesign or Photoshop (on my versions of it).

Plus you will get access to any of the recordings in the Skills Starter pack reward:
- my famous dhal recipe
- how to poach an egg
- basic parkour skills (rolls, vaults, jumps, balance, landings)

$300+: Skate on, King

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If you donate $300 or more, you will get my Penny skateboard (one of a kind, it’s my Penny!). In good nick, skates like a dream still. I just don't use it anymore.

$400: Drag King School

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Ready to be more like Kevin?

If you donate $400, you will get access to the Drag King School Pack:

1) A 1 hour live choreography class with you and Kevin Razorline! (in person or Zoom)
2) A 1-on-1 drag king tutorial with Kevin (let's talk make up, binding, packing, performance skills, choreography and developing your drag persona)
3) Plus you'll get exclusive footage of Kevin's performances

$500+: Commission- Fineline and Watercolour

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If you donate $500 or more, that's awesome! I will do a commissioned line and watercolour piece of you (or any subject you want- your favourite Harry Potter character, your friend, your pet, couple photo etc)

$700: The Full Kevin Razorline!

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If you donate $700, then this is your lucky day, because you will get the ultimate Kevin Razorline experience:

Kevin Razorline (my drag king alter ego) will come out of retirement and perform for you in your home! (COVID restrictions pending- Melbourne/Naarm only)

PLUS you will get access to back catalogue footage of Kevin Razorline that's never been released AND all the perks of the Drag King School reward Pack.

$1000+: The Oprah Special

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If you donate $1000 or more.... Yeah wow! I don’t even know what to say hey… Your generosity is staggering and I am humbled. Take your pick of any/all of the rewards that are listed :)

Shamini J

Flexible Funding
Health Victoria, Australia

Not all kings have top surgery, but this one will and he needs your help!

 

G’day folks! My name is Shamini and I’m a trans masc non-binary former drag king (the name’s Kevin Razorline), soon-to-be dad, jack of all trades and hobbies, and master of none.

I have been a community organiser, activist, drag king performer and queer professional at different times in my life and I try to give back to the LGBTIQ community and my QTPOC community in my work everyday. Right now I need some help from the communities that I love so much.

I am trans and have been slowly coming to terms with who I am and what I need to do to feel like myself in my body. I have been binding my chest for over 13 years (since 2008) and while that has allowed me to feel more like me, over time it has really affected my physical health and abilities.

 

I’ve known that I need top surgery for a long time now however the financial costs have been unfathomable, like they are for so many trans and gender diverse folks. For me, top surgery will cost between $10,000 – $14,000. Here’s a breakdown of those costs: 

$8000 (surgeon)

~$2500 (anaesthetist) 

~$3300 (hospital fees)

 

I have been trying to save for a while but have been hampered by the financial support my family has needed as well as the costs of preparing to have my first child (as my lovely partner Hannah is currently pregnant!). I’m hoping to crowdfund for a portion of my surgery in a way that will also allow me to show my thanks and continue to give to the community that has supported me.

 

Over the years I’ve collected many hobbies and skills which I’ve turned into the “reward” options you can see on the right. If you can dream it, I’ve probably done it! I’ve been a breakfast cook, a zine-ster, parkour traceuse, a (beginner) contact juggler, a magazine designer, a drag king (over 40 performances in 3 states and two documentaries made), an artist and much more!

Have a browse and see what options take your fancy, there’s something in there for everyone! If you don’t feel like any of the rewards but would like to donate a specific amount, you can pick the “My <3 and thanks” reward and donate any amount you would like.

 

Finally, I wanted to say that money isn’t everything and that if you could share this with 5 people you know that would go a long way to helping me too. Take a screencap of you sharing it and send it to me (shamini.van.joseph@gmail.com) and I’ll send you out my awesome 90s Spotify playlist as thanks!

 

Thank you everyone for anything you are able to give. Your support means I get to live an authentic life as who I really am. Your support gives hope to other trans and gender diverse people that their community will have their back when the time comes. I hope to continue to give to my communities for a long time to come, and you are helping me to do that. 

 

So thank you for everything <3

 

Note: Just so you know, every bit helps even if we don’t get to $8,000. Crowdfunding isn’t without cost (5-8% of money raised is taken as a fee for ReadyFundGo and Stripe), but I’m hoping that what’s left will go a long way to helping me cover my surgery costs. If this fundraiser raises more than the amount I end up paying for my surgery, any remaining funds will go to Black Rainbow, which is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy (LGBQTI+SB) organisation in the pursuit of positive health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI+SB folks.

May 3, 2021

WOW!!!!! We made it! :O

I've been completely overwhelmed and awed by everyone's messages, support and love over the last 2 weeks. Thank you so much to each and everyone of you who has donated or shared this fundraiser far and wide. I appreciate it more than you could ever know.

Because of your support I was able to book and pay for my top surgery yesterday!! It's happening this June and I simply couldn't be happier.

It's really hard for trans folks to ask for help to overcome the immense barriers in front of us and the fear that we won't get any support when we do, so thanks for responding to the call.

This just couldn't have happened without you all <3

Love,

Shamini


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