The ongoing wave of conservative-led book bans targeting LGBTQ+ literature has heightened the urgency of supporting queer media and its creators. In response to these challenges, writer, director, and social media influencer Max Emerson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his forthcoming novel, “The Sparkle Club.” This novel, crafted over three years, delves into the story of a gay-baiting influencer facing cancellation and the subsequent journey of redemption through a summer of community service in rural Ohio.
Max Emerson’s Kickstarter initiative goes beyond just funding his novel. It also aims to support “Aichaku,” an LGBTQ+ rom-com movie project by independent filmmakers from Tokyo Cowboys. With a current goal set at $30,000, this campaign is a multifaceted endeavor to bolster LGBTQ+ storytelling in both literary and cinematic spheres.
Emerson’s history with crowdfunding has been marked by success, having previously garnered support for projects like the 2015 novel “Hot Sissy: Life Before Flashbulbs” and the 2017 film “Hooked.” Notably, half of the proceeds from the “Hooked” campaign were donated to LGBTQ+ homeless youth support charities, demonstrating a commitment to giving back to the community.
The Kickstarter page for “The Sparkle Club” provides a sneak peek into the first chapter, emphasizing that the first edition print is limited to 1,000 copies, each personally numbered, signed, and accompanied by a unique Polaroid picture, mirroring the personal touch Emerson brings to his work.
As the climate for LGBTQ+ literature faces challenges from book bans, it becomes increasingly vital to rally behind LGBTQ+ creators like Max Emerson, ensuring that diverse voices continue to flourish and resonate in the world of media.
To support Max Emerson’s fundraiser for “The Sparkle Club” and “Aichaku,” visit the campaign’s official Kickstarter page.