Ada's New Voice + Community Support

Hi! I'm a trans woman about 3½ years into hormones who is ready to take the next step in her transition. Nope, not The Surgery—you know which one you were thinking of—but a voice feminization procedure that would give me a lot more confidence and help me be more effective as an advocate and a creator. I'll also be putting funds raised in excess of my goal back into my community.

Besides the paid work I do as a designer and developer, I'm active online and off as a writer, activist, organizer, and educator. I've written guides and given talks and stories about mindful relating, held workshops on writing and designing for inclusion in tech, and helped lead organizations to more responsible community engagement. My Twitter presence covers a host of issues, including mental health, ethical collection of gender data, and making events more accessible

I'd like to start adding videos and podcasts to my advocacy and content pipeline, but a major thing is holding me back: my voice. It's not a bad voice, per se, and in fact, the cover image to this fund is a video I made for Twitter talking about the intricacies of voice dysphoria. But it's just challenging enough to hear myself speak, and causes me enough gender-related friction in everyday life, that it feels like the next logical step to take in this strange journey towards wholeness I've embarked upon.

I'm an overly prideful person, and the idea of crowdfunding is difficult for me. This campaign feels right for a few reasons:

- Vocal surgery will help me with the confidence to speak more in public, including making videos and podcasts. This means overall more content outlets, which means more advocacy for queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, for inclusion in tech, and for other marginalized groups.

- It's my birthday! On March 13, I turned 34 years old. I normally refuse birthday gifts, but perhaps I can make an exception just this once.

- I'm structuring it so that any funds raised in excess of my goal go back to my community in some way. The funding tier looks like the following:

$7,250–10,000 — Covers the minimum cost of the surgery ($7,250), the "triple" voice feminization procedure performed by Dr. Haben in Rochester, NY. Also covers flight and board in Rochester, and ensures lapses in work due to recovery don't endanger my living situation. I may also buy myself a nice birthday cake, or a dress or something.

$10,000–15,000 — Goes to the medical fundraiser for my collective housemate Krys Mendez, a queer, disabled person of color, currently fighting for an experimental treatment for their multiple sclerosis.

$15,000–20,000 — Saved in a discretionary fund to donate to other medical fundraisers and essential bills of my community members. I see them often, and hurt that I can't donate more. Any time I spend money from the fund, I'll notify donors.

$20,000+ — I put the entire amount above $15,000 in a fund and appoint trustworthy community members to collectively decide how it gets donated.

If I don't reach my goal — I will make a discretionary donation to Krys' fundraiser, and split the rest between savings (for an eventual surgery) and rent/bills. 

Thanks for reading, and thanks for donating.
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Ada Powers 
San Diego, CA
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