Morgan Holleb is creating resources for survivors of sexual violence
28

patrons

$124
per month
Hi, I'm Morgan and I'm making resources to support survivors of sexual violence.

Right now I run a support group for men (trans, cis, and otherwise) and non-binary people (of any/no gender expression) who have experienced sexual violence. It's a peer-led space where survivors can discuss their experiences and build solidarity and community with other survivors, and it's one of only two support groups in the whole UK which is focused on men and explicitly includes non-binary people (ours was inspired by the other one, which is in Leeds). We have fortnightly meetings in Glasgow, and a fortnightly chat group online. Here's our website, facebook & twitter.

I'm also a writer, speaker, and musician, but that's not why I'm on Patreon.

There is a lack of services for people who are trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming who don't identify with womanhood, but also aren't comfortable navigating spaces directed primarily toward cis men. Trans people are significantly more likely to experience sexual violence than cis people, and the violence we face is gendered, but there are very few resources which include us. There are even less resources for trans survivors which are free, accessible to people with mobility access needs and autism, and don't require proof of address or immigration status. Our group is run by two trans and non-binary people who are survivors ourselves. We're both unpaid volunteers who saw a lack of vital services for survivors like us, so we decided to do something about it.

We want to create the infrastructure to support survivors, and
ultimately create a culture of support which combats rape culture


Why Patreon?

Because we're unpaid, our capacity to do this important support work is limited. I have a full-time job advocating for better LGBT healthcare on the NHS, and at the moment I can only dedicate about an hour a week to the support group, plus the time in the group itself. If this support group is going to do more, I need to bring on, and pay, co-facilitators.

Fantasy to-do list

Sustainable activism isn't very glamorous: it involves a lot of admin. Here's what we'd be able to do if we had more funding:

  • Start an in-person version of the support group in Glasgow, in addition to the online group chats. DONE!
  • Outreach — right now we're primarily targeting people in our immediate social group
  • Contribute to the costs of running the community spaces we use DONE! We donate monthly to Glasgow Autonomous Space (where we held meetings for many months), and are looking to donate regularly to Category Is Books (where we currently hold meetings)
  • Create resources for survivors like lists of trans-inclusive affordable therapy, and other resources around mental health and other healthcare
  • Collaborate with other survivors' support services and advocacy groups, e.g. around healthcare and legal advice, doing direct actions together, and advocating for legislative change
  • Run workshops and skill-shares — about how to support survivors, how to make spaces safer for survivors, how to interrupt violence and support abusers, consent and boundary-setting, and information security which empowers survivors to control their privacy
  • Offer trans/gender training for support services which are currently crap at it
  • Be a better Trans Fairy Godparent™️ — properly answering messages from baby queers and trans people who need role models (instead of sending them short messages like I do now)
  • Organize more pro-survivors gigs which explicitly no-platform abusers, like this one I did in September
  • Start a food pantry in Glasgow's southside
  • Research and apply for other funding
  • Start an emergency fund for survivors who need it in crises, covering basic living costs like food and housing and medical

"Professionalism"

So many people do this work for free, and most of us are survivors. And, we burn out. I don't want to burn out. This work is too important and I want to make it sustainable for me to do it on an ongoing, indefinite basis. That means I need to bring on more people to help me.

Professionalism is dubious. I'm not a professional and it feels weird to professionalize my role by asking to be paid for my work, but a big part of the work i want to do is to de-professionalize it and enable / empower other non-professionals to support survivors.

What's in it for you?

There are no immediate, tangible "results" of these projects if you're not accessing these resources yourself. But if you become a patron, you'll be directly supporting survivors (me and my co-facilitators), and supporting the support work we do to support other survivors. You'll be contributing to creating a culture of support for survivors, countering rape culture with direct action, and building solidarity.

Thanks for supporting survivors supporting survivors 💜
Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
You are the power of collectivity exemplified
Pro-survivors gig-goer
$3 or more per month 7 patrons
This is about the cost of going to a cheap gig. Except imagine that the gig has no abusers on stage! Neat huh.
Travel fairy
$5.30 or more per month 8 patrons
You're subsidizing the one-way travel cost for someone (like me!) to take public transit to our support group
Hustler
$12.92 or more per month 4 patrons
You're covering the living wage for one hour's labor
Hustler 2.0
$26.84 or more per month 0 patrons
You're covering the living wage for TWO hours' labor
Community organizing
$66 or more per month 0 patrons
You're covering the costs of running the community space where we hold our meetings
Food security
$150 or more per month 0 patrons
Are you super rich? Give us the stability to keep doing this work and build the infrastructure to support survivors
Hi, I'm Morgan and I'm making resources to support survivors of sexual violence.

Right now I run a support group for men (trans, cis, and otherwise) and non-binary people (of any/no gender expression) who have experienced sexual violence. It's a peer-led space where survivors can discuss their experiences and build solidarity and community with other survivors, and it's one of only two support groups in the whole UK which is focused on men and explicitly includes non-binary people (ours was inspired by the other one, which is in Leeds). We have fortnightly meetings in Glasgow, and a fortnightly chat group online. Here's our website, facebook & twitter.

I'm also a writer, speaker, and musician, but that's not why I'm on Patreon.

There is a lack of services for people who are trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming who don't identify with womanhood, but also aren't comfortable navigating spaces directed primarily toward cis men. Trans people are significantly more likely to experience sexual violence than cis people, and the violence we face is gendered, but there are very few resources which include us. There are even less resources for trans survivors which are free, accessible to people with mobility access needs and autism, and don't require proof of address or immigration status. Our group is run by two trans and non-binary people who are survivors ourselves. We're both unpaid volunteers who saw a lack of vital services for survivors like us, so we decided to do something about it.

We want to create the infrastructure to support survivors, and
ultimately create a culture of support which combats rape culture


Why Patreon?

Because we're unpaid, our capacity to do this important support work is limited. I have a full-time job advocating for better LGBT healthcare on the NHS, and at the moment I can only dedicate about an hour a week to the support group, plus the time in the group itself. If this support group is going to do more, I need to bring on, and pay, co-facilitators.

Fantasy to-do list

Sustainable activism isn't very glamorous: it involves a lot of admin. Here's what we'd be able to do if we had more funding:

  • Start an in-person version of the support group in Glasgow, in addition to the online group chats. DONE!
  • Outreach — right now we're primarily targeting people in our immediate social group
  • Contribute to the costs of running the community spaces we use DONE! We donate monthly to Glasgow Autonomous Space (where we held meetings for many months), and are looking to donate regularly to Category Is Books (where we currently hold meetings)
  • Create resources for survivors like lists of trans-inclusive affordable therapy, and other resources around mental health and other healthcare
  • Collaborate with other survivors' support services and advocacy groups, e.g. around healthcare and legal advice, doing direct actions together, and advocating for legislative change
  • Run workshops and skill-shares — about how to support survivors, how to make spaces safer for survivors, how to interrupt violence and support abusers, consent and boundary-setting, and information security which empowers survivors to control their privacy
  • Offer trans/gender training for support services which are currently crap at it
  • Be a better Trans Fairy Godparent™️ — properly answering messages from baby queers and trans people who need role models (instead of sending them short messages like I do now)
  • Organize more pro-survivors gigs which explicitly no-platform abusers, like this one I did in September
  • Start a food pantry in Glasgow's southside
  • Research and apply for other funding
  • Start an emergency fund for survivors who need it in crises, covering basic living costs like food and housing and medical

"Professionalism"

So many people do this work for free, and most of us are survivors. And, we burn out. I don't want to burn out. This work is too important and I want to make it sustainable for me to do it on an ongoing, indefinite basis. That means I need to bring on more people to help me.

Professionalism is dubious. I'm not a professional and it feels weird to professionalize my role by asking to be paid for my work, but a big part of the work i want to do is to de-professionalize it and enable / empower other non-professionals to support survivors.

What's in it for you?

There are no immediate, tangible "results" of these projects if you're not accessing these resources yourself. But if you become a patron, you'll be directly supporting survivors (me and my co-facilitators), and supporting the support work we do to support other survivors. You'll be contributing to creating a culture of support for survivors, countering rape culture with direct action, and building solidarity.

Thanks for supporting survivors supporting survivors 💜

Recent posts by Morgan Holleb

Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
You are the power of collectivity exemplified
Pro-survivors gig-goer
$3 or more per month 7 patrons
This is about the cost of going to a cheap gig. Except imagine that the gig has no abusers on stage! Neat huh.
Travel fairy
$5.30 or more per month 8 patrons
You're subsidizing the one-way travel cost for someone (like me!) to take public transit to our support group
Hustler
$12.92 or more per month 4 patrons
You're covering the living wage for one hour's labor
Hustler 2.0
$26.84 or more per month 0 patrons
You're covering the living wage for TWO hours' labor
Community organizing
$66 or more per month 0 patrons
You're covering the costs of running the community space where we hold our meetings
Food security
$150 or more per month 0 patrons
Are you super rich? Give us the stability to keep doing this work and build the infrastructure to support survivors