San Francisco, CA, January 05, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- All over the world, a growing number of people struggle with the expectations set by traditional gender roles. For many, shopping for clothes at conventional retail stores is uncomfortable, unsatisfying, or downright impossible. The Genderplayful Marketplace is a community-sponsored plan for an online vending space that will meet the clothing needs of gender-variant people. Founder and technologist Sarah Dopp committed to making the marketplace a reality if she could raise $5,000 in one month. Community supporters raised it in two weeks.
The Genderplayful Marketplace celebrates diversity in gender presentation and body type. Emphasizing custom solutions in all shapes and sizes for unisex, masculine, feminine, and gender-nonconforming clothing, it will host a large community that finds and creates those solutions together. Vendors will include everyone from independent designers to people re-selling items from local thrift stores and their own closets. Community members will interact and collaborate on what they’re excited about, and vendors will have opportunities to meet unique, individual requests. Clothing styles will range from the conservative and traditional to the fun and obscure.
The community fundraiser will continue until the original deadline of January 15, 2011. Any funds raised in excess of $5,000 will go toward site feature improvements, staffing resources, and helping to speed completion of such a massive project.
The project is also collecting and sharing letters of support from community members. One contributor commented with her donation, “This is in honor of my wonderful and talented transgender daughter who requested support for this new enterprise as a holiday gift.” Another wrote, “To receive such hope so early on in my journey is the best Christmas present I could have ever asked for."
Information about the project and fundraiser, along with many letters of support from community members, are available at: Genderplayful.tumblr.com.
Sarah Dopp is also the founder of Genderfork.com, a supportive community for the expression of identities across the gender spectrum. This site receives over 20,000 readers per month and showcases community-generated photos, quotes, and discussions about gender non-conformity.
About the Genderplayful Marketplace
The Genderplayful Marketplace is a plan for an online clothing marketplace that celebrates diversity in gender presentation and body types. This website will allow community members to buy and sell, encouraging special support for androgynous, unisex, butch, femme, transgender, and gender-nonconforming clothing solutions. It will also encourage sizing and fit for all kinds of bodies. Genderplayful is founded by Sarah Dopp, an independent web technologist in San Francisco.
For more information about the Genderplayful Marketplace or its fundraiser, please contact Sarah Dopp at email@example.com.