Top Surgery Fundraiser


I am a college student who identifies as a trans-male. Due to the high financial burden of attendance of college, I face significant financial strain and debt. I dream of being able to have top/gender affirming surgery to be able to fully be the person I was born to be but fear due to the significant financial hardship top surgery has that I will never be able to be fully happy with myself and confident in my body without being able to have financial assistance in payment of my top surgery.

I was raised in a very religious and conservative household. I knew I was not a cis-female since before starting puberty. I had always felt much more comfortable wearing “mens” clothes and enjoyed typical “boys” activities.  When I began experiencing my puberty as an assigned female at birth, I remember being very dysphoric and upset because I was told I would be “turning into a full woman”. I didn’t want to be a woman, I wanted to be who I thought I was, a male.

During my freshman year of college, I met my first ever transgender individual at a campus pride fest. I had never knew being transgender was an actual reality, I had always just assumed I was alone in my thoughts and struggles. After meeting this incredibly and educational transgender male student, I began to research transgender and transitioning intensively.

It was after 6 months of researching of when I finally decided to begin to come out socially as non-binary. I came out nonbinary as I felt at the time it had less of a shock value as coming out as transgender. So,  I came out non binary and asked to be referred to with they/them pronouns and to be referred to as Cameron.. I received so much support from friends and most were not at all surprised.  I began wearing binders and for the first time ever, I became unafraid to continue to dress how I desired. About 3 months past of using the new name and pronouns and I was so happy.  I decided to update my name with my college who allowed for a preferred name to be used. I had all of my college system changed and my ID card was changed to say my correct name of Cameron.  I was so happy.

About 3 more months pass by, a paper was accidentally mailed to my parents house with my preferred name instead of my birth name. I went home and tried to explain being nonbinary to my religious and conservative parents. I began to face a large amount of discrimination from my parents. My mom is a person who has always been hyper focused on trying to make me more feminine and a “girly girl” to fit her dreams. When my parents  became aware of my attempt of being out as nonbinary, they constantly threatened they would be removing the funding of my college education. They threatened they would disown me and I would be homeless. They threatened I would never be allowed to see my brothers or grandparents again. After what felt like forever of my parents torture against me, I broke down. I was given the ending ultimatum of either being myself and continuing to be happy and losing any financial support they provided me for my college and my connections to my brothers and grandparents or to be miserably unhappy and go by she/her and my dead name to have them continue supporting me through college.

I remember feeling like I was giving up and almost grieving the death of myself because I had been so happy being referred to as Cameron and not as my dead name and knowing I would have to go back to being referred to as a woman and as my birth name physically hurt me.

Nonetheless, painfully I followed my parents commands but I promised myself that once I graduated college, I would legally change my name and start my transition to being a trans-male. The person I was meant to be. I realized that I was not nonbinary, but in fact transgender. I realized I never fit the “female” stereotypes but instead was meant to be who I always thought I was.. A trans-guy named Cameron.

My parents are aware of my transition and are very unsupportive. I have been kicked off my parents insurance plan due to being transgender & wanting to have top surgery which would have been 100% covered by their insurance.

Having top surgery would be a complete dream come true. Ever since I was a young child, I have dreamed of a flat chest. I have dreamed of being able to pass as the male I am and should have been born as. Having this surgery would allow for me to be the person I am, the person I want to be, and the person I should be. I am beyond ready to love myself even more and develop how  I feel on the inside to match on the outside and any dollar donated to this campaign will assist me to do just that.

Thank you to anyone able to assist. Any and every dollar donated is very much appreciated. I am so thankful and honored to have incredible friends & a strong support system of friends who have been there for me when times get rough.


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Cameron Powell 
Millersville, PA
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