Medically transitioning is incredibly expensive. I do not have any health insurance, and the cost of it all is so overwhelmingly high that I cannot possibly afford to transition while taking care of myself along with my mother who was forced into early retirement due to a workplace injury. She [my mother] has not been provided the support she needs from family as many have abandoned her following her decision to support me in my transition. Any extra money I have been able to come across goes toward ensuring her needs are met.
I have been unable to monetize myself the way many of my contemporaries have, though I see so many people who are inspired by and support the fashion archiving I have done on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram for years. I cannot help but feel as though the major reason for my inability to effectively profit off of the work I do, is because I am a dark-skinned Black trans woman. One who has never been shy about advocating for marginalized communities even when it was not popular to do so. I live in a rough area, and I have been adjacent to so much death in the last five years that I fear becoming another dead Black trans woman who people only celebrated in death. I want a proper shot at life, and I feel like that will not happen without gender confirmation surgery.
I feel like I have exhausted all of my options. I was not mobile up until very recently and I dropped out of high school when I was 17, so obtaining employment without any formal education has always been a problem for me. Being a visibly trans black woman has only further complicated the matter.
I have genuinely been trying to make it, but it does not seem that I can without help. Please, I implore anyone who knows me, has engaged with my work on any level, and has been following me on my journey to please donate if you can. The cost is so overwhelming that I really need the assistance, I cannot survive like this anymore. Please donate if you can, if you can’t, please share this as much as you can. I do not want to die not being myself.
Black trans women NEED your support and love while we are still here.