Whoop, we did it again.
by Elliot Wiersgalla
*****TRIGGER WARNING***** The language in the comments of Tony's Kansas City is very harsh and derogatory toward the LGBTQIA+ community.
First, I want to thank everyone for the support I have gotten regarding our last blog post. It feels great knowing that despite the vitriolic environment that creates Internet bullies, there are still a lot of tolerant and wonderful people out there.
Now, let’s get to it.
We did it again, kids! We got a follow-up written on Tony’s Kansas City, and the comments might be even greater than the first time around.
If you want to read the full write-up you can find it here.
I don’t want to make a thing out of responding directly to comments like this, but there is a recurring theme in some of the comments, and I’d like to go on the record and clear up any confusion.
So, Pansy is not a scam. Plain and simple.
Pansy is a small business trying to get off the ground. We are selling custom shirts and accepting donations through a fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas so that we may (hopefully soon) have a brick-and-mortar location and stock it with inventory.
I am a part of the LGBTQIA+ community in Kansas City. I live in Westport and I work in the Crossroads. I have done most of the work on this project by myself or with the help of individual LGBTQIA+ artists. All I want to do is improve the community and create a safe space for LGBTQIA+ people, so that they don’t have to be afraid or ashamed -- or go through some of the terrible stuff I went through.
And there is no higher power pulling the strings. I don’t have a lot of start-up capital (read: I am broke as hell, darlings), so I’m hustling on my own with fundraising, applying for grants and, you know, writing blog posts like this to get the word out. If anyone knows of any angel investors who want to hook me up with a cool million in seed money, tight! But that’s unlikely, so this is the slow route I’m going, collecting one buck at a time, just like Cardi B did when she was on that pole.
If you want to read more about Pansy or myself, I did an interview with CauseArtist. CauseArtist is a global community and social enterprise platform covering brands, startups, and social entrepreneurs impacting the world through social enterprise. Read the interview here.
If you are interested in supporting Pansy and the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, you can purchase from our Nasty Comment Collection found here. New designs available now! ; )
Thanks again for all the love,