James Bridget Gordon is creating socially-conscious sports journalism
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patrons

Who are you?

I'm James and I'm a writer based in Chicago. I write about art, sports, queer politics, books, and pop culture.

Most of my sportswriting focuses on soccer, baseball, and chess.  I spent three years as a regular contributor for Paste Magazine. I'm currently an editorial assistant for Howler Magazine and am an editor for Hot Time In Old Town. I have bylines at MLSSoccer.com, Unusual Efforts, All Heels On Deck, Victory Press, Queership, The Cauldron, and The Toast (RIP), among others.

My background is in new media art. I have a BFA in Interactive Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago and I spent a year in the MFA program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My art practice primarily focused on generative art, computer-mediated installations, and performance.

I came out as nonbinary in early 2016. My recent published work has expanded to include more on LGBT issues and trans activism, and in particular how it intersects with the sports world.

Where do I fit in?

Right now I'm focused on my writing career. While soccer is still a primary focus on my work-- particularly with the World Cup right around the corner-- I've also started doing more baseball writing. I also recently launched a chess blog, and I hope to use that as a platform to tell new and interesting stories related to the game.

Even in the best of times, making it work as a freelance writer is tough. Everyone wants well-crafted words but very few want to pay for it.

I'm also dipping my toe into the world of competitive chess. I plan on doing a few small-scale local tournaments this year, and my hope next year is to go to a major regional FIDE-sanctioned tournament next year (such as the Chicago Open or even the US Open). Obviously, between entry fees and equipment and US Chess membership dues, the costs add up.

This is where you come in.

Your support will help reduce expenses as I work to grow my freelance writing business. It'll allow me to focus on producing thought-provoking work, as well as give me space to take risks I wouldn't otherwise be able to take. Ultimately, my goal is to be able to make a sustainable living as a writer, and thus indefinitely postpone the day I have to grow up and get a "real job."

It will also help me compete in more chess tournaments, which will help me develop into a stronger chess player and, hopefully, eventually, become the first transgender Grandmaster.

Alright, I'm in. Now what?

Thanks to Patreon, you can send a small tip my way every month for whatever amount you'd like. If even half of my Twitter followers threw in $1 per month, it would take care of my expenses and allow me to keep doing what I'm doing. Every little bit helps.
Tiers
Things On Heads!
$1 or more per month
I will put something weird on my head, take a selfie, and share it with you AND ONLY YOU.
Thank You Note
$5 or more per month
A Thank You note from me.
Play Chess With Me Online
$5 or more per month
I'll play a game of chess with you! You pick the website-- I'm partial to Lichess.org but I'm flexible-- and we'll play 1-2 games each month.
Early Access To An Essay
$10 or more per month
First look at a new essay (500-ish words). It'll be published but unlisted at Medium, with the link shared in the activity feed here for patrons supporting at or above this level. It'll be made public about a week later.
Play Chess With Me IRL
$15 or more per month
CHICAGO-AREA PATRONS ONLY: I'll play chess with you in person! We'll meet at a local coffee shop on a day that works out best for both of us. We'll play at least one game, with an optional rematch at your discretion. 
Exclusive Access To An Essay
$20 or more per month
Access to an essay (500-ish words) available exclusively for patrons contributing at this level. It'll be posted on Medium but unlisted, with the link made available for $25+ patrons.
Chess Lessons
$25 or more per month
I'll teach you how to play chess! We can do this in person if you're in the Chicago or online via Skype/Google Hangouts. If you don't know how to play, I'll show you the basics. If you already know how to play, we'll go over tactics and strategic ideas, and maybe explore some common openings. Lessons will last about an hour per month.
Commission A Piece
$50 or more per month
I will write one piece of fiction or creative nonfiction (of no more than 500 words) exclusively for you. You get to choose the topic for an essay or provide a prompt for a work of fiction. 
Commission A Longform Piece
$100 or more per month
I will write one piece of fiction or creative nonfiction (of no more than 1000 words) exclusively for you. You get to choose the topic for an essay or provide a prompt for a work of fiction. 
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At this level I'll be able to cover my largest monthly non-essential expense.
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Who are you?

I'm James and I'm a writer based in Chicago. I write about art, sports, queer politics, books, and pop culture.

Most of my sportswriting focuses on soccer, baseball, and chess.  I spent three years as a regular contributor for Paste Magazine. I'm currently an editorial assistant for Howler Magazine and am an editor for Hot Time In Old Town. I have bylines at MLSSoccer.com, Unusual Efforts, All Heels On Deck, Victory Press, Queership, The Cauldron, and The Toast (RIP), among others.

My background is in new media art. I have a BFA in Interactive Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago and I spent a year in the MFA program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My art practice primarily focused on generative art, computer-mediated installations, and performance.

I came out as nonbinary in early 2016. My recent published work has expanded to include more on LGBT issues and trans activism, and in particular how it intersects with the sports world.

Where do I fit in?

Right now I'm focused on my writing career. While soccer is still a primary focus on my work-- particularly with the World Cup right around the corner-- I've also started doing more baseball writing. I also recently launched a chess blog, and I hope to use that as a platform to tell new and interesting stories related to the game.

Even in the best of times, making it work as a freelance writer is tough. Everyone wants well-crafted words but very few want to pay for it.

I'm also dipping my toe into the world of competitive chess. I plan on doing a few small-scale local tournaments this year, and my hope next year is to go to a major regional FIDE-sanctioned tournament next year (such as the Chicago Open or even the US Open). Obviously, between entry fees and equipment and US Chess membership dues, the costs add up.

This is where you come in.

Your support will help reduce expenses as I work to grow my freelance writing business. It'll allow me to focus on producing thought-provoking work, as well as give me space to take risks I wouldn't otherwise be able to take. Ultimately, my goal is to be able to make a sustainable living as a writer, and thus indefinitely postpone the day I have to grow up and get a "real job."

It will also help me compete in more chess tournaments, which will help me develop into a stronger chess player and, hopefully, eventually, become the first transgender Grandmaster.

Alright, I'm in. Now what?

Thanks to Patreon, you can send a small tip my way every month for whatever amount you'd like. If even half of my Twitter followers threw in $1 per month, it would take care of my expenses and allow me to keep doing what I'm doing. Every little bit helps.

Recent posts by James Bridget Gordon

Tiers
Things On Heads!
$1 or more per month
I will put something weird on my head, take a selfie, and share it with you AND ONLY YOU.
Thank You Note
$5 or more per month
A Thank You note from me.
Play Chess With Me Online
$5 or more per month
I'll play a game of chess with you! You pick the website-- I'm partial to Lichess.org but I'm flexible-- and we'll play 1-2 games each month.
Early Access To An Essay
$10 or more per month
First look at a new essay (500-ish words). It'll be published but unlisted at Medium, with the link shared in the activity feed here for patrons supporting at or above this level. It'll be made public about a week later.
Play Chess With Me IRL
$15 or more per month
CHICAGO-AREA PATRONS ONLY: I'll play chess with you in person! We'll meet at a local coffee shop on a day that works out best for both of us. We'll play at least one game, with an optional rematch at your discretion. 
Exclusive Access To An Essay
$20 or more per month
Access to an essay (500-ish words) available exclusively for patrons contributing at this level. It'll be posted on Medium but unlisted, with the link made available for $25+ patrons.
Chess Lessons
$25 or more per month
I'll teach you how to play chess! We can do this in person if you're in the Chicago or online via Skype/Google Hangouts. If you don't know how to play, I'll show you the basics. If you already know how to play, we'll go over tactics and strategic ideas, and maybe explore some common openings. Lessons will last about an hour per month.
Commission A Piece
$50 or more per month
I will write one piece of fiction or creative nonfiction (of no more than 500 words) exclusively for you. You get to choose the topic for an essay or provide a prompt for a work of fiction. 
Commission A Longform Piece
$100 or more per month
I will write one piece of fiction or creative nonfiction (of no more than 1000 words) exclusively for you. You get to choose the topic for an essay or provide a prompt for a work of fiction.