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Okay, because of the overwhelmingly positive response for the list of safe zones, I’m going to start building the page up soon.
This is where you guys come in. If you’re in the situation where you’d be able to offer up a sleeping spot to someone (even if it’s just for a few days), particularly people who are trans/not straight/of colour who are unable to stay at their current place of residence, please get in touch.
My submit box is open. What I need is this -
Your location - for American’s I’ll need state and city
A name - you can use a username, I don’t need a full name.
Contact details - a phone number or email address. Both is best.
Rent - will you need a contribution from them?
Time limit - how long is the maximum someone can stay with you?
Facilities - is it a sofa or a spare room?
Pets - Can they bring any pets with them?
Please do NOT send me your address, as I’ll be putting these up in a public list. Also understand, as this list IS public, that you do take a risk by taking people into your home. Meet first, work out situations, make sure that you are aware what the situation is. We are HopeBirds, and we offer safe spaces, but if someone’s behaviour is inappropriate, do NOT let them get away with it. The same goes for anyone staying with someone! Thank you.
Please send these through the Submit box, they will not be published until I publish the list.
There is something I would like to do with HopeBird. Eventually - I know this is probably a pipe dream - but I want HopeBird to become a real Charity.
Part of what I want to do is very reliant on you HopeBirds, though. I want to create a network of Safe Places. These will be places around the world that people - be they people of colour, trans, disabled, any folken at all - can go if they are not safe.
I’m not asking you to open up your homes to random strangers. What I want to do is create a page, perhaps, with just a phone number or an email address, and a name, and your requirements. If a person is in need of help they can get in touch and you can offer up a space.
I also want to compile a list of safe hotels/B&Bs/hostels/hospitals and so on and so forth where people can go where they will not be persecuted on gender identity/mental health etc.
So, for example:
Ohio - Cincinnati
Contact Number: 1234 5678 910
Rent?: Helping around the house
Time Limit: Less than a month
Facilities: Sofa only, sorry!
Ohio - Columbus
Contact Number: 1234 5678 910
Rent?: Split food bill
Time Limit: A week, but we can discuss it
Facilities: Spare room with bed and wardrobe.
Pets: Cat or dog only.
UK - England
And like that.
Would anyone go along with this idea? Do we think it is good? If so, I’d like to start getting this set up while I can! Of course, anyone can say no - being on this list does NOT guarantee the person will take you in. Behaviour is important. These people are being gracious and offering up their spaces for you in a time of need - treat them with respect, and their homes.
HopeBird is about safe places, but people’s actions are very important. if someone’s acting horribly, you do NOT have to keep them in your home.
I also advise meeting somewhere not your/their home first. Remember, safety is key, and I cannot go and vet each of these people!
So, the GRAND DOUCHE CANOE (aka my father) has decided to pack his job in.
A little reminder that we are 2,000 in debt, and he house payments are about 1,500 a month, and I only earn 200-300 a month. Which of course I need at least half of for transport.
This means that we’re most likely going to become homeless.
If you can, please, PLEASE commission me. If you can’t please spread it so that someone can so that I have at least a little money put aside in case of emergency. I have somewhere I can go, but it’s a long way away from where I work, and it would only be temporary. I also have my pet rats to take care of.
First off you trying to prove you're a real artist sorta made me laugh but beside that point you are making people pay for your paintovers of their photos? Because rendering is not what you think it is. For shame.
I think you have a rather major misunderstanding of how commissions work. I’m not exactly pointing a gun at people’s heads, am I? If they want to pay me to render their image, they can. It’s up to them.
Remove your paintover/trace art from your commissions, you're a liar if you said you did that without photo reference because you literally traced someone elses photos to get the images you like and you want to make people pay? Knock that off and become a real artist.
Actually, as I’ve said, if people want renders they have to provide the image themselves. They have to have the copyright for it. I will NOT render something people haven’t taken themselves, because that’s illegal.
I wasn’t going to offer them, but they’re actually up because people are requesting them. So I offer them for sale. In the meantime, I suppose I’ll just
Characters: Rabbit, Hatchworth, The Spine, Peter VI
Trigger Warnings: Snakes, possible major character death.
Synopsis: With the newfound confidence from repairing Hatchworth’s blue matter issues, Peter VI decides to experiment, with disastrous results for the inhabitants of Walter Manor.
Hatchworth had been returned to them long enough that they now felt confident with the robot being somewhat safe in the manor. Therefore, Rabbit and The Spine were no longer making sure he always had a robotic escort. They didn’t have a show for another week and all three of them were enjoying a little downtime, after the recently hectic schedule and explosion of activity around them. Rabbit’s change (which the robots weren’t bothered at all by) had taken a little time to sink in, but that was also now accepted, and the manor was almost worryingly quiet. The Spine was in his ‘bedroom’, a book in hand, optics focused on the page, unaware of Rabbit sneaking up his corridor, a grin on her face as she prepared to ruin the tranquility of their home.
I’m taking the time to answer a few questions people have been asking me.
Can I get a hopebird tattoo?
YES. I’d be honoured if you did! Please send pictures :)
Can I put hopebird on my page (even if it’s not tumblr)?
YES! I just ask that you link back to the original post or credit me, if it’s safe for you to do so.
Do you/will you sell official hopebird merch?
Yes. We have an official Zazzle shop which you can find on a widget on the hopebird official page. All the profits I make will go to charity.
Can I make/print myself a shirt/badge/plate/anything with hopebird on it?
Yes! As long as nobody else is making profit from hopebird, then that’s absolutely fine.
Can I commission somebody to make me something with hopebird in/on it?
No. If you really, really want to, please send me a message (here or rubicon-art) and explain the circumstances. I will make exceptions in certain cases (such as commissioning people who are in dire circumstances), but you must ask me first. This is to protect hopebird as a possible true charity in future.
Can I have the higher res and cleaner hopebird image?
Yes! There is a much nicer, cleaner hopebird image than the one on the post. If you want it for a tattoo/shirt/etc (it’s the one on the zazzle shirts), just message me with your email address and I can send it.
What bird is hopebird?
Hopebird is roughly modelled on a European Blackbird.
What gender is hopebird?
Officially? Hopebird is agender. The whole point of hopebird is a symbol to offer support to people. Hopebird is what you need it to be. I refer to hopebird as a female, normally, because that resonates with me. If you need hopebird to be male, female, fluid, agender, mtf or ftm, anything you need - then thats what hopebird will be for you.
I want hopebird to be like the community that upholds it. Everything hopebird is is everything that gives people hope. Any religion or no religion. Hopebird is really just a symbol, an icon, and it’s not what it actually is that matters - it’s the people behind it. It’s why I call everyone who wears the hopebird with pride a hopebird themselves.
You are the hopebirds. You are the support. You are the people who are keeping hopebird strong. You are a safe zone.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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