Plume Announces Partnership with #YouAreEssential Campaign to Raise Funding for Black Trans Lives

DENVER – June 30, 2020Plume, the first health tech company built for the transgender community, is thrilled to announce its partnership with social impact campaign and national relief fund #YouAreEssential to raise funds in support of Black trans lives. All proceeds raised by the Plume x #YAE campaign will go to providing Black trans individuals gender affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in their communities. 

Plume provides safe, expert, and affirming hormone replacement therapy through the convenience of a smartphone guided by a team that is mostly trans themselves. Its mission is to provide quality gender affirming care in all communities where trans people seek it. 

“There are more than 1.4 million trans-identified people in the US, a quarter million of whom are Black and who may not have access to safe and reliable gender affirming care,” said Jerrica Kirkley, Plume Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer. 

“By partnering with #YouAreEssential, an organization with critical reach in our underserved communities, we are able to center the most vulnerable in our trans community and raise funds that will provide life-saving HRT services to where it’s not currently or readily available.”

#YouAreEssential was founded by media powerhouse Ashlee Marie Preston and creative social change agency Revolve Impact to award grants to grassroots organizations and mutual aid networks working directly with vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its objective is to inspire cross-cultural, collaborative efforts that yield abundant resources, resilience, and reignite hope in a time of despair.

This is the first #YouAreEssential campaign in partnership with Plume that aims to raise funds directly supporting Black trans lives. 

“The #YouAreEssential campaign was launched with the understanding that the most vulnerable people within our society are often doing the most vulnerable work; while lacking adequate resources to help sustain their efforts—presenting barriers to progress for them and those they serve,” said Ashlee Marie Preston. “We share in Plume’s recognition and commitment that companies and organizations alike must continue to advocate for the structural change these communities deserve.”

“Revolve Impact in collaboration with #YouAreEssential is honored to partner with Plume, who are providing Black trans individuals the critically important hormone replacement therapy they need while also granting funding that ensures organizations doing lifesaving work and people who are most vulnerable are supported and resourced,” said Mike de la Rocha, Co-Founder & CEO, of Revolve Impact. 

#YouAreEssential is an initiative of Accelerate Impact Fund, a sponsored program of the Social Impact Fund, a 501©3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made through here. 

For more information, visit https://www.youareessential.org/plume

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Media Contact: 
Kelley Campau
kelley@getplume.co

About Plume

Plume is the first health technology company built for the transgender community focused on radically increasing access to medication and products for the trans- and broader queer community, supporting a bold, authentic and healthy lifestyle. Its vision is to make gender-affirming care available to anyone, anywhere until it improves healthcare for every trans life. Plume is currently available to nearly 50% of the trans population across CA, NY, FL, CO, TX, NC, VA, OR, MA, MN and ME and is growing rapidly. 

About Ashlee Marie Preston 

Ashlee Marie Preston is an award-winning Media Personality, Cultural Commentator, Social Impact Strategist, Political Analyst, & Civil Rights Activist. She is historically the first trans woman to become Editor in Chief of a national publication and the first openly trans person to run for state office in California. Ashlee Marie was named one of The Root 100’s “Most Influential African Americans of 2017,” profiled as one of LOGO/NewNowNext’s 30 Most Influential LGBTQ Influencers of 2017 & 2018, PopSugar’s top 40 LGBTQ’s of 2017, OUT Magazine’s OUT100 of 2018, made her TED talk debut in September of 2018, and was chosen as one of Coca-Cola’s “Next Generation LGBTQ Leadership” influencers of 2018. Also, she was honored as one of Essence Magazine’s “WOKE 100” of 2019 and is a former national surrogate for Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Presidential Campaign. Ashlee Marie is also an advisor of Plume.

About Revolve Impact 

Revolve Impact is a movement-driven social change agency that offers forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing social justice issues of our generation. Revolve Impact combines original content creation, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and broad-based communications strategies to directly improve the lives of millions of people. Revolve Impact works with a wide range of influential artists and athletes, nonprofit and government entities, iconic global brands, corporate communities, and philanthropic foundations. Revolve Impact’s expertise includes strategic communications and impact consulting, campaign management, original content production, influencer engagement, brand development, and event production. For more information, please visit RevolveImpact.com.