Lexie Bean is creating trans narratives in writing, performance, and film
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patrons

Hellohi.

My name is Lexie (theythemtheirs). I’m a lover a words, long letters, pancakes and finding family in unexpected places. Most of my previous work includes writing / workshops / performances in collaboration with domestic violence survivors, writing for Teen Vogue, and filmmaking (usually around themes of bodies / homes / queer foreshadowing).

After two successful Kickstarters to organize the self-publishing and touring of my first two anthologies, you might gather that I like projects. I decided to make a Patreon because my life has become a practice of juggling a few projects at a time, as well as developing things that are ongoing. It has been difficult staying afloat. Side-hustles (helping with wedding proposals, cleaning out storage units, banquet catering, etc.) can make for a funny story in the future, but can also be incredibly draining and literally closeted. The world is A LOT right now, and it’s as important as ever to invest in what we want to exist. Alas, I’m back and re-learning how to ask for help and longevity; always in awe of new ways to develop trust and intention and belittle overly-bureaucratic structures.

I want my content to be as freeeeee as possible, which is a tricky goal in a money-driven world where there are fees for things like performance venues, compensation for other collaborators, classes, and my basic living expenses living in Queens, New York (the most long-term home I’ve had since high school).

Below is a lil list of all the projects I am investing most of myself into right now,

Written on the Body
My third anthology in which I collect letters that people write to their body parts. This one is focusing on fellow trans and nonbinary survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. So far, the project has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Bust, The Establishment, FTM Magazine, Logo’s New Now Next, a print issue of Bitch Magazine. It also took the form of a performance fall 2017 at Gibney Dance's annual "Cracks of Light" domestic violence showcase. The book will be published late March with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Throughout 2018, I hope to co-organize events and continue the fight for trans-inclusion in the ongoing dialogue around sexualized and gender-based violence. 

The Ship We Built
The Ship We Built
is a manuscript-in-progress about two kids who imagine a world where they can dream, learn, grow, and be together without limits of words and empty homes. The narrator finds a safe place in their pal, Dóra. The friends give each other an uncharted strength and magic that they didn’t know existed outside of their drawings. Together they build something new. The first segment of this was written in snow covered mini-van and is my first children's story, secretly made for adults too. In the process of turning it into a YA picture book, a segment of it became an animation, thanks to the brilliance of Rosalie Eck and Harry Rubin-Falcone. The short film was featured at the OUTSpoken Performance Series in Knoxville, Locomoción Festival de Animación in Mexico City, and Stirring: A Literary Collection.

Full 
A short experimental documentary based off of poem I wrote and read at “Narratives of Pain,” and event curated by Zain Ali Shamoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It collages together original footage by Zachary Jamieson and home video, documenting dissociation, sexual assault, and all the times I didn't have words for myself. The film premiered at the Szczecin European Film Festival in Poland, and will soon have its second screening in Iceland. I am currently navigating other ways to share the project. 

What They're Made Of
A short film following a teenage trans boy who has his period for the first time. Raasa Leela de Montebello, her kitten, and I devised the piece over the course of two months. It is currently in post-production and will be ready for sharing later on this year. 

And! 
Also in the throws of writing a television series and creating a sizzle reel with Paul Moon. More on this soon <3 Lastly, I’m working on a much longer manuscript based on some of the articles I have written for Teen Vogue, How Navigating Femininity Impacted My Coming Out as a Trans Boy, Valentine’s Day Letter To My Body Parts, etc.

OK AH so it’s all coming together and how wonderful is that?!? It’s the greatest gift to make things that remind others that their own stories are also important and worthy of holding space. Thank you for reading this far and for choosing one out of the infinite ways to directly the support my imagination / work. Thank you for considering being a part of this experiment. I’m excited to discover what I can share / collaborate on / produce when I’m not lost in the side-hustles, and have an ongoing budget to add layers to all these things above. Plus, actually pay the heros who have animated, edited, co-created alongside me.

Even if you lovingly share a dollar a month, you give me real fuel to pay it forward. Most of all, you are a part of a community and I forever encourage you to lend yourself to people and places who give you something to look forward to.

LOVE YOU.
Lexie.

P.s. Here are a few pages for pals to check out,
Karalyn Grimes (Environmental Femme blog), https://www.patreon.com/envirofemme
Sam Dylan Finch, www.patreon.com/samdylanfinch
Riley Jay Dennis, https://www.patreon.com/rileyjaydennis
Rewards
:')
$1 or more per month
I’ll smile every time I think about you. Any way of being consistent is beautiful.


Valentine
$5 or more per month
You’re keeping me afloat <3 <3 You’ll be in a lil thread of folks who will always be the first to directly receive links and info on things I make. I might even consult you for random advice and input in the making-process of different things. Trying hard to make the creative process as far from isolated as possible.
Bgaaaah ~ part 2
$100 or more per month
WOW ah! Ok so yea of course all of those things--a thanks, access to monthly group chat, share of content and more random personal things, a forever smile at the thought of you. But I will somehow find a way to directly incorporate you into a project--whether that be writing a character or storyline based off of something you, casting you in a thing, interviewing you for a piece, etc. And I’ll make your birthday (or any holiday of your choosing) feel extra extra extra special.
Um. What.
$250 or more per month
Hello, miracle worker. I’ll call you after I have a good cry.
Goals
0% complete
I WILL MAKE A TOO ENDEARING TO BE EMBARRASSING DANCE VID bc I’ll be able to quit juggling side-gigs and focus on 100% on making things and also save a lil money to put towards the production / reserving venues / paying other people involved / submitting to festivals, etc.
(also note the site takes 5% and I gotta pay taxes)
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Hellohi.

My name is Lexie (theythemtheirs). I’m a lover a words, long letters, pancakes and finding family in unexpected places. Most of my previous work includes writing / workshops / performances in collaboration with domestic violence survivors, writing for Teen Vogue, and filmmaking (usually around themes of bodies / homes / queer foreshadowing).

After two successful Kickstarters to organize the self-publishing and touring of my first two anthologies, you might gather that I like projects. I decided to make a Patreon because my life has become a practice of juggling a few projects at a time, as well as developing things that are ongoing. It has been difficult staying afloat. Side-hustles (helping with wedding proposals, cleaning out storage units, banquet catering, etc.) can make for a funny story in the future, but can also be incredibly draining and literally closeted. The world is A LOT right now, and it’s as important as ever to invest in what we want to exist. Alas, I’m back and re-learning how to ask for help and longevity; always in awe of new ways to develop trust and intention and belittle overly-bureaucratic structures.

I want my content to be as freeeeee as possible, which is a tricky goal in a money-driven world where there are fees for things like performance venues, compensation for other collaborators, classes, and my basic living expenses living in Queens, New York (the most long-term home I’ve had since high school).

Below is a lil list of all the projects I am investing most of myself into right now,

Written on the Body
My third anthology in which I collect letters that people write to their body parts. This one is focusing on fellow trans and nonbinary survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. So far, the project has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Bust, The Establishment, FTM Magazine, Logo’s New Now Next, a print issue of Bitch Magazine. It also took the form of a performance fall 2017 at Gibney Dance's annual "Cracks of Light" domestic violence showcase. The book will be published late March with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Throughout 2018, I hope to co-organize events and continue the fight for trans-inclusion in the ongoing dialogue around sexualized and gender-based violence. 

The Ship We Built
The Ship We Built
is a manuscript-in-progress about two kids who imagine a world where they can dream, learn, grow, and be together without limits of words and empty homes. The narrator finds a safe place in their pal, Dóra. The friends give each other an uncharted strength and magic that they didn’t know existed outside of their drawings. Together they build something new. The first segment of this was written in snow covered mini-van and is my first children's story, secretly made for adults too. In the process of turning it into a YA picture book, a segment of it became an animation, thanks to the brilliance of Rosalie Eck and Harry Rubin-Falcone. The short film was featured at the OUTSpoken Performance Series in Knoxville, Locomoción Festival de Animación in Mexico City, and Stirring: A Literary Collection.

Full 
A short experimental documentary based off of poem I wrote and read at “Narratives of Pain,” and event curated by Zain Ali Shamoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It collages together original footage by Zachary Jamieson and home video, documenting dissociation, sexual assault, and all the times I didn't have words for myself. The film premiered at the Szczecin European Film Festival in Poland, and will soon have its second screening in Iceland. I am currently navigating other ways to share the project. 

What They're Made Of
A short film following a teenage trans boy who has his period for the first time. Raasa Leela de Montebello, her kitten, and I devised the piece over the course of two months. It is currently in post-production and will be ready for sharing later on this year. 

And! 
Also in the throws of writing a television series and creating a sizzle reel with Paul Moon. More on this soon <3 Lastly, I’m working on a much longer manuscript based on some of the articles I have written for Teen Vogue, How Navigating Femininity Impacted My Coming Out as a Trans Boy, Valentine’s Day Letter To My Body Parts, etc.

OK AH so it’s all coming together and how wonderful is that?!? It’s the greatest gift to make things that remind others that their own stories are also important and worthy of holding space. Thank you for reading this far and for choosing one out of the infinite ways to directly the support my imagination / work. Thank you for considering being a part of this experiment. I’m excited to discover what I can share / collaborate on / produce when I’m not lost in the side-hustles, and have an ongoing budget to add layers to all these things above. Plus, actually pay the heros who have animated, edited, co-created alongside me.

Even if you lovingly share a dollar a month, you give me real fuel to pay it forward. Most of all, you are a part of a community and I forever encourage you to lend yourself to people and places who give you something to look forward to.

LOVE YOU.
Lexie.

P.s. Here are a few pages for pals to check out,
Karalyn Grimes (Environmental Femme blog), https://www.patreon.com/envirofemme
Sam Dylan Finch, www.patreon.com/samdylanfinch
Riley Jay Dennis, https://www.patreon.com/rileyjaydennis

Recent posts by Lexie Bean

Rewards
:')
$1 or more per month
I’ll smile every time I think about you. Any way of being consistent is beautiful.


Valentine
$5 or more per month
You’re keeping me afloat <3 <3 You’ll be in a lil thread of folks who will always be the first to directly receive links and info on things I make. I might even consult you for random advice and input in the making-process of different things. Trying hard to make the creative process as far from isolated as possible.
Bgaaaah ~ part 2
$100 or more per month
WOW ah! Ok so yea of course all of those things--a thanks, access to monthly group chat, share of content and more random personal things, a forever smile at the thought of you. But I will somehow find a way to directly incorporate you into a project--whether that be writing a character or storyline based off of something you, casting you in a thing, interviewing you for a piece, etc. And I’ll make your birthday (or any holiday of your choosing) feel extra extra extra special.
Um. What.
$250 or more per month
Hello, miracle worker. I’ll call you after I have a good cry.