Shannon TL Kearns is creating theatre, telling stories, and creating LBTQ+ faith resources.
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patrons

I'm planning to use this space to cultivate community. To give you a peek into my process and to build something together. I want to be helpful and the best way I know to be helpful is to be in community.

I'm offering some perks below; handwritten letters, personalize book recommendations, face time with me (via the inter webs), and more. 

I am a transgender man who grew up in a fundamentalist evangelical church. I was homeschooled through all of high school and so the church became the center of my social life. I continually felt like an outsider because I never saw anyone in the world who looked like me. I didn’t know that transgender people existed. I knew about gay people mostly because when Ellen Degeneres came out on her show my entire family and church boycotted it. I got the message: there was no place in the world for someone like me.

My work as an artist is rooted first and foremost in a belief that marginalized people are the people best able to tell their own stories and that providing space for marginalized people to be able to embody those stories enriches all of us.

As a transgender man I so rarely see stories on stage that are resonant with my own experience. When I do see stories about transgender people it’s clear that they were written by people who are not transgender and who have little connection with my community. Because of that the characters are often offensive or one-sided or written with cisgender people in mind. The stories are voyeuristic. Allowing transgender people to tell our own stories allows transgender characters to be nuanced and well rounded. It allows us to tell stories that go beyond simply coming out and transitioning. It allows us to have lives beyond transition.

I believe that stories have the power to change the world. They allow us insight, a chance to create empathy, and transport us to a place where we can allow our hearts to soften and our minds to change. But they also help us to dream and envision our future. When a young transgender man sees a story on stage, what does that story tell him about himself? About the life that he might one day live? Are there any stories that will tell him that there is a world worth inhabiting? One where he gets to live and love and thrive?

I’m still obsessed with the same questions I grew up with: Do I belong? Can I find happiness? Is there hope for me? Is religion a force for good or ill? Who’s telling the story and what story are they telling and can I find myself in it?

I want to tell stories that reflect the community I am a part of. A community that is growing and thriving and enduring. A community that is flawed and beautiful. A community that faces tragedy but also has hope. A community that lives.

And sometimes? Maybe the trans people get to have a happy ending.

Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month
THANK YOU! As an official patron, you'll have access to my patron-only feed with project updates and behind the scenes photos.
High Five!
$3 or more per month
 At this level you'll get a personalized book recommendation from me! I love to read and will recommend something based on your interests!
A Letter
$5 or more per month
You'll get a handwritten letter from me, plus everything listed above.
Ebook!
$10 or more per month
You get a free copy of my ebook "Walking Toward Resurrection"  plus everything listed above.
Playlist
$20 or more per month
I'll make you a playlist of some of my favorite music. 
A real book
$50 or more per month
I'll send you a book chosen just for you. 
Hangout!
$100 or more per month
You get all of the previous awards, plus a monthly Google hangout where we'll chat about whatever you want!
Goals
8 of 20 patrons
At this level I'll release a special, patrons only, offering each month. 
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I'm planning to use this space to cultivate community. To give you a peek into my process and to build something together. I want to be helpful and the best way I know to be helpful is to be in community.

I'm offering some perks below; handwritten letters, personalize book recommendations, face time with me (via the inter webs), and more. 

I am a transgender man who grew up in a fundamentalist evangelical church. I was homeschooled through all of high school and so the church became the center of my social life. I continually felt like an outsider because I never saw anyone in the world who looked like me. I didn’t know that transgender people existed. I knew about gay people mostly because when Ellen Degeneres came out on her show my entire family and church boycotted it. I got the message: there was no place in the world for someone like me.

My work as an artist is rooted first and foremost in a belief that marginalized people are the people best able to tell their own stories and that providing space for marginalized people to be able to embody those stories enriches all of us.

As a transgender man I so rarely see stories on stage that are resonant with my own experience. When I do see stories about transgender people it’s clear that they were written by people who are not transgender and who have little connection with my community. Because of that the characters are often offensive or one-sided or written with cisgender people in mind. The stories are voyeuristic. Allowing transgender people to tell our own stories allows transgender characters to be nuanced and well rounded. It allows us to tell stories that go beyond simply coming out and transitioning. It allows us to have lives beyond transition.

I believe that stories have the power to change the world. They allow us insight, a chance to create empathy, and transport us to a place where we can allow our hearts to soften and our minds to change. But they also help us to dream and envision our future. When a young transgender man sees a story on stage, what does that story tell him about himself? About the life that he might one day live? Are there any stories that will tell him that there is a world worth inhabiting? One where he gets to live and love and thrive?

I’m still obsessed with the same questions I grew up with: Do I belong? Can I find happiness? Is there hope for me? Is religion a force for good or ill? Who’s telling the story and what story are they telling and can I find myself in it?

I want to tell stories that reflect the community I am a part of. A community that is growing and thriving and enduring. A community that is flawed and beautiful. A community that faces tragedy but also has hope. A community that lives.

And sometimes? Maybe the trans people get to have a happy ending.

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Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month
THANK YOU! As an official patron, you'll have access to my patron-only feed with project updates and behind the scenes photos.
High Five!
$3 or more per month
 At this level you'll get a personalized book recommendation from me! I love to read and will recommend something based on your interests!
A Letter
$5 or more per month
You'll get a handwritten letter from me, plus everything listed above.
Ebook!
$10 or more per month
You get a free copy of my ebook "Walking Toward Resurrection"  plus everything listed above.
Playlist
$20 or more per month
I'll make you a playlist of some of my favorite music. 
A real book
$50 or more per month
I'll send you a book chosen just for you. 
Hangout!
$100 or more per month
You get all of the previous awards, plus a monthly Google hangout where we'll chat about whatever you want!