When we came up with the idea for grlsplain almost a year ago, we (Rrita and Zoe) wanted to provide a space for women to speak their mind about music. We are finally becoming slightly more functional as an organization, and we are very happy to have some official volunteer contributors. This is an amazing step! However, in this time that we have been developing our place online and in Knoxville, we have grown personally and realized how exclusive and uninviting we have been. We do NOT want (and have never wanted) grlsplain to be a space for only cis white women. Our whole intention is to provide a platform for people who need it, and while we do want to focus on femme perspective, we want to hear from people with varying perspectives and walks in life.
You may have noticed that we changed our logo: nonbinary, trans, and female symbols are now all included. This will not be a surface level development. We would love to work with more genderqueer, non binary, and trans people. This statement is not meant to, in any way, detract from or disregard the importance of our current contributors’, editors’ and founders’ public or private identities. We only hope to broaden Grlsplain’s reach and become truly inclusive. Grlsplain, as it is now, immensely lacks representation of many races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives. We hope that through this statement and our future actions we can make all unheard voices feel welcome at our platform.
In short: This is an open call for contributors! We want to hear from you, especially if you feel your voice is not normally heard. Check out our submission page or you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any comments, criticism, responses, or conversations are welcome in our DMs on instagram or twitter, gmail, or directly to us. Let us know how we can do better.