Sharing my story, hope you share too. 🙂
I’m going to the Community College of Rhode Island and majoring in fine art. I want to be a teacher. I have anxiety, ADHD and depression. I also have dysphoria. Dysphoria is the feeling I get when people use the wrong pronouns/name, looking at myself in the mirror, people calling me names, or looking at me the wrong way for being transgender.
I have been on Testosterone since January 2013. I also got my name changed that year and I am the first person in Rhode Island to get my gender change on my birth cerificate without surgery first, when I was seventeen. However, the one thing that I still desperately need is top-surgery (masectomy) (so I won’t get Cancer and deal with dysphoria). It is all very expensive. $7,805 dollars. I need help to raise this money. I identify as gay. Some people ask me why did I “become” a boy, to like boys. My sexuality has nothing to do with my gender. I always knew I was a boy I just never told anyone. In elementary school I would stand up when they asked the boys to stand. I wanted to play sports and play videogames but I was ostracized.
I can’t even go on the city bus without cringing at the things people call me and I can’t live without my chest binder. Some my family disowned me. It seems wherever I look I can’t pass as myself. I don’t want to prove my happiness, my gender, my pronouns or my name. I want to help all the transgender kids, even by showing them that it is possible, to dream of a day without dysphoria. Nobody should have to go through what I’ve been through.
“Ask and you shall receive.” and “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” — E. E. Cummings I didn’t choice to be this way. I really don’t want anymore trans people to die from ignorance or suicide. I tried to commit suicide four times. Insurance won’t pay for my surgery, please help me get one step closer. Donate 1$, even that will help. I appreciate what you can do, spread the word. All I want is equality. And of course, no more moobs. Please help, thank you for your support, I couldn’t accomplish this without you! Thank you. You get some of my art for donating 5$, which is totally worth it! Whatever you can afford will help me. Thank you very much! I appreciate you even spreading the word too! Please show your support in this journey to get my masectomy (chest removal)! Whatever you donate is going to be matched by another donor organization called Foster Forward. When I was in school I was bullied. Kids would spit on me, kick me, put my backpack inside out and push me down the stairs. When I told an administrator they told me, “A lady boy half-person like you should expect to be treated that way.” Students and teachers called me an “it” and a “tranny”. So, I withdrew out of high school my first week of junior year and got my GED.
My Art: http://www.hitrecord.org/users/babyhuey121795/all_records
My Poetry: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1544057
My Transgender Military Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-military-lift-the-ban-on-transgender-people-in-the-military