Homeless Vision Project:
Providing over 1,100 pairs of prescription glasses to homeless individuals living in San Francisco, Kailua-Kona and Portland, the vision project helps provide sight to the most vulnerable amongst us.

Zanderology: Zanderology began as an oral history project and is now an illustrated documentary. Born dead, this former gang member, mental patient and undercover cop becomes a social worker.A project by the co-editors of Letters For My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect (a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award).

Zanderology is for anyone who has ever wondered if people are capable of changing in profound ways.  Zander was born dead, woke up from a coma and recovered from partial paralysis, was a juvenile delinquent, lived in a residential mental hospital, has been a sailor, an undercover cop, a social worker and is a transsexual.

I chose to use cartoons to accompany Zander's narration, not because I'm the most amazing artist in the world.  Zander has almost always looked and dressed the same (aside from a few mullet years) and I wanted to avoid the sensationalism and oversexualization that childhood photos sometimes create in stories about trans folk. 

This is just one of the many choices that make this film different than other trans themed documentaries you may have seen.  Zanderology is not meant to be a trans 101.  Zanderology is so much more that, it presents Zander as a fully rounded person - whose transitions in life have been about so much more than hormones or surgery.

Wilgefortis is a press primarily concerned with queer, disability and poverty issues. Many of our publications are theological (primarily Lutheran), but we are also interested in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books and other creative ways to talk about our focus areas.

Previous Projects:

Vanguard Project: Tenderloin street youth founded the organization Vanguard in 1966 with the support of liberal ministers, and in the context of a federal anti-poverty campaign. It is considered to be the nation’s first gay liberation organization and first gay/transgender youth organization. 

A partnership between Welcome and the GLBT Historical Society, this project creates series of opportunities for people living in poverty and those working on anti-poverty campaigns, to consider their place in the city vis-√†-vis creative engagement with Vanguard Magazine, published from 1966-68. 

Megan worked at Project Homeless Connect (PHC) from 2010-2012 and specialized in coming up with creative ways to help the homeless gain access to the services and support that they need.  Megan began at PHC at the Manager of the Growing Home Community Garden, where Megan created SF Refresh.  Currently, Megan is the Provider and Resources Manager and works to find collaborations with providers in the city, at non-profits and businesses.  Megan also works on developing relationships to get in-kind donations, financial support and other resources that will enable the homeless to improve their quality of life.  In 2012, Megan created a denture and vision program for Every Day Connect.

Growing Home's Seeding Resilience project, increased access to mental health services and provides employment opportunities and skills. A two year innovation project with major support provided by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the Seeding Resilience project is 75% focused on the Growing Home Community Garden (Octavia & Lily) and 25% on working with Urban Agricultural leaders in San Francisco to build a citywide network of support for mental health consumers.

SF Refresh provided free whole body care in community garden settings in 2011.  Activities include: gardening classes, yoga, life couching, meditation, trauma care, nutrition classes, massage, acupuncture, tea and coffee cuppings, movement classes, preventative health care information and more.  In addition to providing direct services to those who need them, SF Refresh connects individuals and families to self care resources available through the city's system of care, local businesses and non-profit organizations.

The Urban Share Community Gardening Project takes advantage of underutilized city spaces by transforming them into community spaces; the results providing a tangible resource and tools for residents to learn about environmental protection, creative reuse and to address local hunger.  The most well known of these garden sites is the Free Farm.