Highlight in Philanthropy: Ramona Sharples' Amazing Buttons and Pins
Fed up with not seeing bodies like hers represented, even in body positive spaces, Ramona Sharples took matters into her own hands -- and created something uniquely beautiful.
To make the pins extra sweet, Ramona decided to go one step further and make them a fundraiser for Trans Lifeline.
In 2018, Ramona designed her first round of enamel pins, all featuring trans women totally naked, relaxed, and comfortable with themselves.
“Because that’s how I want to feel,” said Ramona. “I have a complicated relationship with my body, but I still want to celebrate it and feel good about it.”
“When I started my transition, I didn’t know very many trans people, and I didn’t have any other trans people in my life, let alone a trans person who was a close confidante, someone who I could share that experience with,” said Ramona. “The Hotline is a really crucial resource for people who don’t otherwise feel they have support they can go to.”
“I want to live in a world where no one has to feel nervous to come out or to transition, but until we get there, I want everyone to have the support they need -- and Trans Lifeline goes a long way to making sure people have the support they need.”
Ramona will be selling the enamel pins in person at San Francisco ZineFest -- and they’ll be available online again soon, after she irons out some order fulfillment details. Check out her website to stay up-to-date!
Ramona Sharples has raised $3,000 for Trans Lifeline from the sale of these pins. If you would like to make a similar impact by sharing your incredible talents, let us know at [email protected].