or, perhaps more accurately, some things.
As anyone who’s spent even a little time on this blog can tell, I’m transgender — more specifically, ftm, or female-to-male. I first came out as trans about two years ago, and started testosterone in February 2013. The hormones are great, but I still have to bind my chest in order to conceal my breasts. Binding makes a lot of things I enjoy — like singing, playing the flute, and exercising — more difficult, is often painful, and can have serious long-term health effects.
There’s a pretty quick and easy solution to this: top surgery, or a double mastectomy followed by reconstruction to make my chest look typically male. Unfortunately, this solution doesn’t come cheap — seeing one of the reputable and experienced surgeons costs around $8000, sometimes more. My health insurance provider doesn’t cover transition-related expenses, and I’m a grad student in the humanities. There’s no way I’m going to be able to afford this surgery anytime soon. Even though I live frugally and have been saving when I can, top surgery remains far, far away.
This is where you come in. Maybe you’re one of the around 1,500 people who reads this blog on a regular basis. Maybe you’re a friend of mine, or a friend of someone who knows me. I’d appreciate anything you can afford, be that $1 or $1,000. Every contribution, no matter how small, helps me get closer to surgery. In the future, when I am more financially secure, I will pay your generosity forward by contributing to other people’s transition-related expenses, as well as charities and organizations that support queer (especially trans*) people.
TL;DR: I’m ftm. I’m also a grad student, and therefore broke. My insurance won’t cover anything transition-related. Give me money, please.
DONATE HERE and be my hero forever