Transgender teacher & spouse fleeing Florida

Hi, everyone! My name is Jaycee (they/she). I'm a high school English teacher in Florida. As many of you are aware, the state has become incredibly hostile and dangerous to the LGBTQIA+ community. I've already faced professional consequences as a result of HB 1557 (AKA the "Don't Say Gay" bill) and I fear that my physical health and safety are at stake.

My wife and I are asking for help to flee the state of Florida. Between a minimum-wage job and a teacher's salary, you can imagine how we're struggling financially. We'd be grateful for whatever help you can provide.

We're certain that we have better and safer opportunities outside of Florida. As for myself, I want to get to safety and recover my physical and mental health so I'm better able to help others in the LGBTQIA+ community, especially its youth. Trans rights are human rights.

UPDATE: 6/13/23

I just got a job offer in our chosen area! If you can, please consider donating or sharing so we can raise enough for travels costs and a home deposit. And thank you to everyone who has contributed to this point! It means so much to us ❤️ 

UPDATE: 6/29/23

Omg i have no words! In a *single* day, generous donors gave us over $1200! We surpassed our initial goal! I want to thank each and every one of you who shared and donated our fundraiser ♥️♥️♥️ It means the world to us. We have an even better chance of starting fresh in a new state where we'll feel much safer to be our authentic selves. We love you all! ❤️❤️❤️

UPDATE: 7/11/23

Hi, everyone. Next month, I'll be living and working in a new state. I have the job lined up, but we're still looking for a place to live. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we've had to dig into our savings to survive. This is why I've decided to increase the GoFundMe goal. Donating or sharing is extremely helpful, and we're most grateful. The finish line is in sight! ❤️ Thank you, all.

UPDATE: 8/15/23

Hi, everyone! I've been in this new city and state for about a week now, and I start working tomorrow! I'm currently staying at an air bnb until my wife and I find a home to rent. Again, I want to thank everyone who has shared and donated so far! Every bit helps us with food, gas, moving costs, and security deposits. If you can contribute any way you can, we'd greatly appreciate it! ♥️ Thank you, all! We can tell we're going to have a better life here.


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Jaycee Lorea
Homestead, FL

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