Maximumrocknroll magazine recently published a small blurb about Sarah Kirsch, a transgender woman who has been an integral part of the Bay Area punk scene for decades. Her contributions to such bands as Pinhead Gunpowder, Bread and Circuits, Please Inform the Captain This Is a Hijack, and my personal favourite (at least in name) Mothercountry Motherfuckers. Unfortunately, Kirsch is currently fighting Fanconi anemia — a rare genetic disorder that causes leukemia and other cancers.
In light of this, an online fund has been set up to help pay for medical expenses. I’m a big fan of crowd sourcing for funds, as it allows everyone from family and friends to fans to contribute. I’ve mentioned them before here on Down East, from S Bear Bergman’s children’s book to documentaries about Puerto Rico’s drag and trans communities. So check this one out, especially if you’re a fan of Bay Area punk. Or even if you just have five bucks to spare. Do it up.