However, I needed this move to literally save my life.
I desperately needed out of Montana, a place so riddled with homophobia, racism and bigotry I was literally dying to get out -- craving culture, diversity and a community of people who love and support me unconditionally in a way I just didn't receive back home. Mostly, I faced isolation, loneliness, depression and extreme despair. But I won't rehash that, as you all already know what I've been through recently and the dark place I turned to when I thought I had no other option. The good news is.... I'm on the job hunt, and I already have a few interviews lined up for this week. The bad news.... is that I need to find a place to live in the NEAR future.
The generosity of my temporary host -- and my next one -- only extends so far, so I need to secure something AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE!! Doing that before landing a job makes things even more complicated. It's going to cost me somewhere between $4,500 - $5,000 minimum for a months worth of rent, deposit, and utilities. That doesn't include all the other expenses I'll incur in a month like groceries, a new bed and mattress, replacing my broken laptop, shipping costs to get things sent from Montana, that I'll be largely using the rest of my savings for.
You all were already there for me, emotionally, to save my life and that meant the world to me. More than words can express. Your compassion and kindness literally kept me from going over the edge. So now I'm asking for a little more support -- financially -- to start that life you helped me save... over again. If you can afford to pitch in, please do. If you can't, that's perfectly okay too. Your love and gratitude over the past few days to weeks have been more than enough to help get me through this rough time. And because of the outpouring of love, I know I CAN and WILL make it through this. And I know that better things are on the horizon.
And whether you can afford to give or not, please at least provide a good mailing address (EVERYONE SHOULD DO THIS), as I'd like to send y'all a little token of my appreciation for stepping in when I needed this community the most -- to show me that I'm loved; that I'm important; that I've had a lasting impact on some of your lives; and that I have so much more yet to do. More lives to impact. More experiences to be had. More life to live.
Thank you for giving me that last breath when I didn't have it in me and for bringing me out of the darkest time of my life. I so appreciate it.
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