Munroe Bergdorf just launched a new online platform that she hopes will spread information, resources, and a sense of community among women, nonbinary individuals, and people who are intersex.
The model and trans rights activist — who was recently announced as the keynote speaker for London Pride’s 2019 Gala Dinner fundraising event — unveiled the community platform, GODDESS, in an Instagram post on Wednesday, describing it as a place where the aforementioned groups can come together, organize events, fundraise each other’s basic needs, and more.
The idea for the online community came to Bergdorf as she was trying to figure out how to use her corporate access and high social media follower counts to help other people.
“I’m constantly asked about how to to be an ally,” she tells Out. “As I was thinking, I realized that, even though I work a lot, there’s more I could do to utilize my social media platform to be beneficial for people who are like me and people who aren’t like me.”
One of my primary goals with @goddessplatform is to create a community that not only gives back but gives to each other. As someone who definitely struggled at times to finance my own medical transition, I know just how expensive, isolating, emotionally stressful and frustrating it can be. So, I want to help some of you out. Every other month I will be drawing a name out of a hat (literally) and promoting a GoFundMe page to raise money for one of my trans, nb and intersex siblings' medical transitions/operations/housing expenses. As a community I really hope that we can use #GoddessPlatform to help change the lives of those who are in need of our support. We are in this together! If you would like to enter, send an email to [email protected] with your current GoFundMe page. To enter you MUST have an existing live GoFundMe campaign and an open IG profile. Any trans/nb/intersex person can enter. Please also write a little about yourself and why you are in need of help. The first winner will be picked at random on IG LIVE on Friday 24th May and then we can work together as a community to raise as much funds as possible to help that person achieve their goals. I'm often asked "how can I be an ally to the trans community?". Well here's your chance! Remember this is OUR community and this is just the beginning! We look after each other. We build each other up. We help each other succeed! GOOD LUCK GODDESSES! Munroe x
The answer she came up with is GODDESS, hosted at the Instagram handle @goddessplatform. While the page is still in its early stages, with just over 4,000 followers at the time of publication, there are a few posts up, including one spotlighting Pose star Indya Moore and another highlighting the work of sex educator Ericka Hart.
There’s also a video post calling for trans, nonbinary, and intersex individuals to submit the fundraiser links they use to cover surgery, medical transition, housing costs, and other basic needs. Bergdorf says that in the near future she will “pick one out of a hat on Instagram live” and spend the next two months promoting that fundraiser on all her social channels.
Along with creating content and crowdfunding GODDESS community members’ basic needs, Bergdorf also hopes to use the Instagram-based platform to organize meetups, self-care sessions, and perhaps even a summit-style event.
“I want the platform to be a really positive space,” Bergdorf says, “one where people can learn about other people and all of the amazing achievements we are making as women, nonbinary people, and intersex people — just learning from each other and the amazing things we are achieving.”
Learn more about @goddessplatform here.