Hi, thanks so much for reading! I'm Chaz Vitale. Artist, activist, magic-maker. I am terrified (asking for help is soooo scary) and overjoyed to be posting. I am Queer, Trans and Intersex. I have had significant barriers to receiving necessary medical care. I have been preparing physically,emotionally,spiritually and saving for this for 10+ years. I have tapped every resource in my reach, and I'm simply not going to make it *without your loving support*. This goal is less than 1/3 of the total (staggering) cost of my surgery. Insurance will not cover my surgery. With the help of my beloved communities (LGBTQI2S) near and far, my allies and my family I will raise the necessary funds to get surgery. All funds will go directly to the surgeon and hospital team. I need the funds by January to schedule with the surgeon as soon as possible in February We don't talk much about the difficulties we face as marginalized communities. Many times I have said nothing to my loved ones as I lost jobs, was refused housing, was denied service, was denied emergency medical treatment was mistreated by the police or was assaulted physically on account of my body/sex because I didn't want my burden to be their burden. I wanted to live in a world where something else was true and that was as close as I could get. Many times these experiences have inspired in me a call to action, a fire to draw from. I have worked and voluteered within many organizations in Portland with inspired, thoughtful, relentlessly devoted members. I have been emboldened by that honor, but sometimes it's important to admit how rough it is. I'm struggling, everyday. This fundraiser means so much to me because I am in constant pain. I feel desperate, uncomfortable and extremely limited. I'm breathing against the weight of my body. I'm hoping hard at the fear in my heart. After 10 years of enduring I m ready for relief! I want to stand up straight, uncurl the cowering hunch from my spine and come out of hiding. I want to find a home in my body, and occupy my life completely. In a time of uncertainty and Trumptastrophe you can do something direct, something loving, something tangible. I'm inviting you to show some solidarity. It will dramatically improve every single day of the rest of my life! Please SHARE WIDELY! I'm immensely grateful for the loving support of my chosen family and blood relations. I will be bursting with ecstatic delight at your contributions. You have the power to transform my life! Please please please, help me.