I’m Selling “Pussy Pics” to Buy My House

Fundraising has to be creative when you’re starting from nothing.

Gwynne Michele

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Rocky, my cat with heterochromia

If I come up with $4000 by the end of March, I can buy my house. If I don’t, I have to move.

I moved in here in December 2017, and the friend who owned the house moved out just a few months later. She couldn’t sell the house for various reasons — it’s in Flint, in a shitty neighborhood, needs a new roof, and there were issues with liens on the title from an assistance program that meant the house couldn’t be transferred for another five years or so. She was already three years behind on taxes and decided to let it go to back taxes, and I could stay living here rent-free for as long as the county would let me.

I knew the county had a program for non-owner occupied foreclosure homes that allowed the occupants the opportunity to buy the house, so I decided to stay and see what came of it.

Fast forward to Monday, March 2, 2020. I get a call from the Land Bank. The property manager had been to the house the week before and had set a price of $4000 to purchase the house. Clear title, no liens, don’t have to start paying property taxes until next year, and then, they’ll only be about $650. I have until the end of March to come up with the money.

The most I’ve ever made in a month was about $2000.

I needed to get creative.

Today, that meant this.

I have a lot of cats. The neighborhood kids will bring me friendly strays that they find. I see if anyone is missing them, get them cleaned up, treat them for fleas and worms, and if no one claims them, find them a home. And sometimes, I get attached to them and they become keepers.

Of course, people online LOVE cats, so for fun, I threw up a “Pussy Pics for $5” post. Just to see how it would go.

And I made $60.

Not a bad start.

Obviously, need to make more than $60, but between this and other fundraising efforts, I’m at just over $500 raised.

So, wanna help a hermit buy her house? Send $5 for a pussy pic to paypal.me/gwynne

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Gwynne Michele

Queer Heretic Nun. Walking a wild and wicked path of joyful devotion to the Infinite Divine in Her Many Forms. paypal.me/gwynnemontgomery