I have battled with gender dysphoria, for most, if not my whole life and know in my heart and soul these procedures will allow me the freedom to not have to constantly fear for my life in so many situations in the outside world. I've had to lose jobs over transphobia and constantly battle cis folks trying to put my life in jeopardy for their own sexual or financial gain. Especially, after having survived the horrible experience of being the only transgender woman in a men's mental ward, I am beyond fed up with having to bear the brunt of the medical-industrial system's treatment of trans people. Everyday It's a new death of one of my fellow members of my community and it scares me to think that my life could be cut short before fully pursuing something to ease the way I navigate the world as a trans woman.
I've had to build myself bit by bit from rock bottom and am beyond grateful to have had friends along the way to hold me down when I was homeless & going through bouts of serious drug addiction and mental illness. Many of these situations stemmed me never feeling safe and secure in the body I was in. My goal is to not only feel more like the Brandy I envision myself in my head but, to be a shining example for other trans folks out there that there is nothing is impossible and your dreams can come true even if you feel the whole world is against you.
I'm so grateful that I didn't overdose or kill myself no matter how much I wanted to. At a certain point, I questioned why and how one girl could be capable of pushing through all these situations and still be alive. It took 24 long, hard years of fighting tooth and nail for me to understand my struggle is not for nothing. Taking steps to sobriety was easy in comparison to the brand new start I'm going to have once I get these procedures done. My community always had my back and ensured to pick me up when I fell and guide me in the right direction but it's time for me to take the necessary steps towards this monumentous new chapter of my journey.
I am a survivor, I am a sister, a fight and a lover all wrapped up in a chrysalis but it's time for me to burst out of the boxes society has created for me and be the girl I always knew I had the potential to be.
Also, I'm in the process of making shirts to help fund my surgery further so if you would like to donate to that or just support my art the links to my pay link and bandcamp will be below
paypal: [email redacted]
- Anna Gibbs
- Diana Ramos
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