Hi, I'm Quin, I'm 18 years old and I've been openly transgender for a year. I'm currently in College studying art and I hope to get into an animation University.
I made this fundraiser to try and raise money for my Top Surgery, which is the removal of female organs from the chest. Top Surgery is available under the NHS, however, this isn't a viable route for me due to the following reasons:
•Waiting time on the NHS is massive (upwards of 3 years just for a meeting), while privately it's less than half the time (2-4 months)
•There's no support for me between now and getting the surgery, which could mean 3+ years without talking to a professional about transitioning or how I'm feeling
•My main source of gender dysphoria comes from my voice and chest. My chest is the worst as I still get sexual/disrespectful comments in public and online with or without my binder (which is like an incredibly tight vest designed to crush my chest so it looks flat), so the longer waiting time means having to endure this for years longer than I would have to in other countries or if I got the surgery privately
•Binders are expensive and painful, and can be dangerous. So I have to choose between being healthy and being comfortable in my body (with binders you either choose physical health or mental health when I should be able to look after both), so again, the longer waiting time means I have to deal with this for years longer than necessary
• I have been sectioned on a psychiatric ward due to strong feelings of self hatred and self destructive actions due to gender dysphoria. Recently I've begun to relapse, so I need the surgery as soon as possible to feel happy and at home in my body.
I am tired of my bad thoughts and I know I'm not the only one going through this. Trans people deserve the same respect and love as everyone else, but currently laws and legislation in the UK mean I'm not getting the attention I feel I need. I just want to feel human.
My mental health is suffering to a point I can barely do anything; I regularly find it difficult to get out of bed or make the walk to my college, which then affects my grades.
If you have any money to spare, it wouldn't go missed here. I really need everything I can get, and I will be so grateful to anyone who donates, regardless of the amount.
Thank you for reading this,