Gender Confirmation Surgery for Lex!

Friends and Family,

5 months ago, I began and extraordinary journey that I've waited a lifetime to undergo. As many of you know, I have identified openly as transgender for many years. 5 months ago, I began the journey of my transition from Female to Male. 

This is something that trans people like me suffer through privately and alone our entire lives - so it's very humbling to realize the only way out requires inviting everyone else to join the journey with you.

Maybe it takes courage or maybe it just takes enough pain to finally be willing to make decisions you've been unwilling to make.  Whatever the case, for the first time in my life I feel grounded, at peace and hopeful for my future.  The next step for me is chest surgery.  I've saved some on my own over the last year but would rather get over the fear of asking for the help I need than shoulder this burden alone - especially as my health continues to be increasingly impacted.  The cost is for the surgery and the time to heal. 

I have known my whole life that this is who I am but never though it would be possible, I'm undergoing a transformation I've waited a lifetime to experience.

As I move forward, my next step is to undergo a surgery that would reconstruct my chest to a male form. For 8 years, I've worn a chest binder, everyday, hot or cold, rain or shine, exercising, working, playing, everywhere. Over the last year I've noticed an increase in headaches, shortness of breath, wheezing, and back pain due to posture which I know are a direct result of the binder I wear. However, the pain, embarrassment, and shame of not wearing one have kept me physically bound for all these years.

I am asking for help  in funding this life changing surgery. If you can only offer love, prayers and support, I'll gladly accept. If you are able to help me financially, I'd deeply appreciate the investment in my freedom. If you'd be willing to share my story and my fundraiser, I'd also appreciate that.

I've poured my heart and soul into creating a world where bodies like mine can live free, now it's me that needs the help. It's been a long road to this version of myself. With your help, it'll be a long road that leads to a deep breath in nothing but my own skin, for the first time in my adult life.

Thank you for your support, your love and your belief in me. Believe me when I say, it is what has kept me alive.

In Love, Gratitude, and Solidarity,

This a video of a poem that says a lot about what this journey has been like for me: Sad, angry, desparate at times, and profoundly, deeply, redemptive.  

"Break this skin, and let me begin again"

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Lex Is-Word 
Santa Cruz, CA
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