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This Is Me.

Social-enterprise LGBT+ clothing for beautiful people to express themselves and feel great about it!

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This project received pledges on Sun 17 Jul 2016

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We’re raising £3207 to kick-start a functional clothing brand: This Is Me.

This social enterprise aims to make the world a better place in 3 main ways: 

1. Helping the LGBT+ community be confident with expressing their true selves with our unique functional clothing

2. Providing a forum for minority groups to get advice and support from the community

3. Giving 20% of everything we make back into the community with giveaways and donations 

Ding! Sopleasehelpthecausebysharinganddonatingokaythanksbye!


This Is Us

Hello! We are Shaaba Lotun and Jamie Raines, two post-grad students from Essex.

Shaaba studies law and business management, and enjoys playing the piano, being bossy, and making really quirky cakes. 

Jamie studies pyschology, and enjoys video-gaming, Coca-Cola, and naps. 

We're both utterly obsessed with cats, YouTube, and helping the LGBT+ community. 

If you want to know more about us, feel free to ask!



Once upon a time…

Jamie came out as transgender in 2011, and we’ve been documenting Jamie’s transition online ever since.

He takes lots of photos of his face, we talk about transitioning, and we record ourselves doing silly things to make people smile. We're so proud to hear so many LGBT+ people, friends, and family, say that we've managed to help them, and we don't plan on stopping any time soon!

It's our aim to continue building awareness and understanding of the LGBT+ community, hopefully leading to greater acceptance and equality, and we think This Is Me. is just the way to do it. 

Jamie answers community questions almost every day, and every week we put up new videos to try and increase confidence and understanding of what being transgender means. 

We are so committed to this cause, and by supporting us with this venture, you too will help promote equality and allow people to embrace their true selves. 


Donations will go towards

Brand completion - £25

Registration and brand protection - £530
Website domains and hosting - £180
Stationery, printing, packing and postage - £340
Photoshoot equipment - £70
Stock (wristbands, caps, t-shirts, posters, bags, stickers) - £1200
 
Any amounts received above our minimum target will go towards additional stock, travel reimbursement for LGBT+ models, and initial giveaways and donations to the LGBT+ community.


We have already spent over £300 of our personal funds on setting up This Is Me., and community giveaways.
 


Your Rewards

We really do appreciate all of your support, whether it be through donating, or simply feeling inspired to be confident and yourself!

As just a small thank you for any donation, do take a look at the rewards that we are super excited to give away. 


Keep up to date!

We’ll be posting regular updates on Facebook here:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisisme.ofcl/?ref=bookmarks
Follow the page to get some updates!
 
If you want to see why this all started, take a look here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrPinocchio17
https://www.facebook.com/jamiearaines/



annnddd…. ACTION!

We’re both very invested in promoting LGBT+ awareness, understanding, and equality. Just in case you’re interested, here are just a few of the projects that we’ve been involved in. They’re all fantastic causes, so be sure to follow their project pages for updates, releases, and exciting news!


The Selfie Timelapse: https://www.buzzfeed.com/patrickstrudwick/this-trans-guy-took-a-selfie-every-day-for-3-years-to-show-h?utm_term=.rl473qe25#.cqMB2eZKJ

Dear Buzzfeed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYuipbRGu5s

Channel 4, Born in the Wrong Body Season: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/born-in-the-wrong-body-season

Turning Point Documentary: https://www.facebook.com/Turning-Point-1716536281948292/?fref=ts

No Filter, Pride in London: http://prideinlondon.org/campaigns/nofilter

Outcome: https://twitter.com/OutcomeLGBT

Acts of Greatness: http://actsofgreatness.org/
 


Thank you.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our campaign page.

If you’re able and willing, please spread the message of This Is Me. and support its beginning in any way you can.

At the very least, just remember to be proud of who you are.

Enjoy the rest of your day!



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Thank you! We'll send you a surprise e-gift that will make you feel all yummy inside.

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2016

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Thank you so much! Have a surprise e-gift, AND an online shout-out too!

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17 is a really special number for co-founder Shaaba. Why? This is just her. Donate this lucky amount and receive a surprise e-gift, a This Is Me. wristband, a hand-written note from Shaaba expressing her undying gratitude, and one of only 17 handmade postcards. (They're really pretty.)

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2016

Pledge £30 or more

Ahh thanks! We'll send you a surprise e-gift AND an exclusive This Is Me. wristband for you to wear like a boss. Go on. You know you want to.

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Estimated delivery: 1 September 2016

Pledge £50 or more

Did you know you're amazing? You ARE amazing. And because you're so amazing, we'll give you a personalised surprise e-gift, a This Is Me. sticker pack, a This Is Me. wristband, and a poster, to say thank you. Pretty neat!

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Estimated delivery: 1 September 2016

Pledge £100 or more

You are a legendary human being, thank you so much. We really mean it. All pledges can choose to be on our website's Wall of Awesomeness-ness, but you my friend, can get GOLD status for your donation. You can have your own mini-bio so we can show the world how brilliant you are. And on top of this, you'll receive a personalised surprise e-gift, and one of very few limited-edition This Is Me. tags. An extraordinary reminder of your extraordinary act.

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Estimated delivery: 1 October 2016

Pledge £200 or more

Oh my, you are beyond legendary status. You are a saint. Thank you so, so much. All pledges can choose to be on our website's Wall of Awesomeness-ness, but you my friend, can get GOLD status for your donation. You can have your own mini-bio so we can show the world how brilliant you are. And on top of this, you'll receive not only a personalised surprise e-gift, but also a one of a kind, personalised, t-shirt and poster, designed by us (we're very artsy you know). Only a small token of our appreciation for your very kind gesture.

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Estimated delivery: 1 October 2016

Pledge £500 or more

Honestly, we cannot thank you enough. All of the donations received will make such a great impact on many lives, and with a donation like this, we hope you realise just how great and kind you really are. All pledges can choose to be on our website's Wall of Awesomeness-ness, but you my friend, can get GOLD status for your donation. You can have your own mini-bio too. On top of this, you'll receive a personalised surprise e-gift, one of very few limited-edition gold This Is Me. tags, a t-shirt, AND a unique piece of personalised artwork designed by us, framed, signed, and sparkling. A pretty, heartfelt thank you for your sheer and utter brilliance.

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Estimated delivery: 1 December 2016