This is a difficult ask, I have typed and deleted these words so many times but I know many of you will understand, top surgery will change my life and I believe in the power of community.
Having the chest I have is difficult, it stops me being seen as who I really am, some days feel like my chest gets in the way of my freedom, when people look at me now I feel like they read me by looking at my chest and that makes me feel like my body isn’t mine, binding helps when I’m in public spaces but honestly when you have such a big chest a binder never gives you the flatness you want and some days can feel like a struggle.
I’m an artist from Nottingham currently based in London, I make theatre, I have a show called Pink Lemonade which I’m taking to The Edinburgh Fringe this August, this is my first solo show which I’m quite proud of to be honest, it’s been a year and a half in the making and during this creative process I guess I have discovered a lot of things about myself, a lot about my identity and all the things I can change to feel more like me.
I was referred to the NHS GIC (gender identity clinic) earlier this year only to be told I’d have to wait 2 years for an appointment. I’m yet to receive my letter confirming this, myself along with other Trans people all over the UK are being pushed aside under the current government, trans health care is a human rights issue and I hope others in the future don’t have to crowd fund in order to get the support they need.
Honestly £1 would help, sharing this page on all your social media platforms will give me a fair chance of raising the money and having a procedure which will really change my life, the money will pay for consultations, the procedure and after care, as a freelance artist I wont be able to work for a while so it’ll help me whilst I recover.
Thank you so much for your help, I appreciate you taking the time to read my page.