Ashley Mardell, best known for The ABCs of LGBT series, is planning to turn her educational videos into a book, which will be available for purchase as a hard copy and as a free PDF download. She promised to cut off her hair the same week she reached her $15,000 goal, and now has promised her fiance Grace will dye her hair any color voted on by subscribers if she can reach $20,000.
The video series, current campaign and subsequent book is bringing awareness and support to under-represented gender and sexual identities. It's a subject very personal to Mardell and through making The ABC's of LGBT series, she has found that there are many people who feel that their identity isn't understood.
The funding raised through the campaign will help to support the book's publication. Mardell would like to hire professional and credited LGBTQIA+ people to edit the book's content for accuracy, produce the book, and possibly launch a small book tour after its release to meet her donors and followers. She'd also like to send free copies of the book to high schools' gay-straight alliances. The book will be an educational resource for anyone interested in learning about sexual orientation and gender diversity.
When asked about her GoFundMe campaign's progress, Mardell said, "It's good. I just hit $15,000, and I'm pretty pumped. I exceeded the first two fundraising goals and the next goal is $20,000. I'm pretty nervous but excited."
Any money raised that surpasses Mardell's goal will be donated to Gender Spectrum, a nonprofit organization focused on creating gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
To learn more about the campaign and donate, visit Ashley Mardell's GoFundMe campaign.