I've always felt fluid. At an early age, I recognized that there was something mismatched about me. I couldn't put it into words, but I felt it deeply. As I grew up, I became what many people would call a "tomboy." When I was 19, I knew I was gay. Coming out then was one of the hardest times of my life, but never did I think I would be coming out again 10 years later. Here I am at 29, and I'm still discovering myself. I've learned a lot about myself over the past year since I came out as non-binary. One thing that became very prominent for me was dysphoria; a condition of feeling one's emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one's biological sex. I had learned about this term doing some research on depression and anxiety in LGBTQIA individuals. That word described what I had felt for so many years but couldn't put a name to it. One of the things I started to do to alleviate my dysphoria was to bind my chest. It definitely helped at first but overtime, it has become a cumbersome and annoying. But without the binder, I feel uncomfortable, exposed, and dissatisfied with my body. That's why I want to have this procedure done, so I can come into the body I was meant to have. One that matches how I feel inside: my authentic self. I’ve been in conversation with some doctors regarding top surgery. I am particularly interested in a surgeon in Miami whose procedure runs about $9,000. I’m asking for an additional $2,000 for cost of flight and hotel to get down to Miami, recuperate after the surgery, and fly back to my hometown of Louisville, KY. I thank you for your time, both in reading my story and any contribution you would like to make. Every dollar helps!
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