I came out as transgender last year because I needed to live my truth. I suffer from depression and anxiety all because of gender. Unfortunately, I still have masculine features that prevent me from showing my true colors. When I'm in public spaces, I have the most anxiety about my gender and how people perceive me. Many times, I'm mistaken for a boy. These moments of anxiety are disabling and I often stay in bed fearing being misgendered in public.I've been on hormone replacement therapy for 6 months. This does not affect some features testosterone has done, so I'm stuck feeling gender dysphoria when I'm presenting femme in public.
I'm starting this campaign to fund a very life changing procedure called "facial feminization" as well as laser hair removal. This 10hr procedure will create softer feminine facial features, making my face recognizable feminine. The procedures are: rhinoplasty, trachea shave, brow lift, hairline lowering, brow bossing, jaw/chin contouring. These all might seem like cosmetic procedures, but this is meant to help my mental health around my gender presentation.
Many of you know I'm an independent hairstylist and have to pay rent for my chair on top of paying rent to live in my apartment. There's a 2 week recovery before I can get back to work. Part of the cost of this campaign will help me pay for my rent while I'm recovering from my surgeries.