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Jessica's Transition Fund

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Hi everyone. My name is Jessica May Jackson. I'd like to share my story with you.

Ever since I was a child, I knew I was different. I knew that being a boy felt wrong, in so many ways. Wearing boy's clothes, looking like a boy... it was wrong, deep in my heart. But I didn't know that anything could be done. My family were never supportive of me. In truth, my family were more abusive than anything, mentally and emotionally.

I don't wish to go into details too much, purely because it's a very long story and a difficult one.  My life has been difficult, from being abused, beaten and taken advantage of, by so many people. All I've ever wanted to do is to live a simple life. But life has never been fair, for anyone.

But I never gave up hope of finding why I always felt wrong. Did I know a word for it? Not for a long time. But when I learnt the word, Transgender, it was as though a billion piece jigsaw puzzle fell together at last. I knew it was who I was. I was never meant to be a guy. I was always meant to be Jessica.

I owe so much to my dear friend, Neaura. She was the first person I was able to come out to as being Transgender. That day, when I finally said the words, it was so incredible, finally being able to say that I was Jessica, that I was a woman. She warned me that I could lose everything, but it was worth it to be myself. She was right.

My wife left me and I was made homeless because I had nowhere to go. I suffered for a long time, but then I met my new wife to be, Cristina, and she made life worth living again. More importantly, she gave me the courage to go to the doctor, and begin the process of transitioning.

But therein lies the problem. Whilst I am grateful that we have the NHS, it is woefully underfunded for transgender people. There are 7 Gender Clinics in the UK, and each can see 27 patients a month. Currently, there are thousands on each clinic's waiting list.

At the moment, it will be at least 2022 before I have my first appointment, with another 18 months before I start hormone treatment. But I can't wait, and not because I'm impatient, but because I can't stand being like this. Gender Dysphoria is deadly, and it is mentally killing me. I look in the mirror, and I want to cut myself apart and put myself back together again. I can't bear to look at myself most days.

But going privately, I could be on hormones this year. I can start this year, being myself, being who I was always meant to be. But I can't do this alone. I know I'm asking a lot from you, people I know and people I don't know. But I'm running out of time and options. I am asking for this sum of money for the following reasons:

1) To pay for private sessions at Gender Care, in London
2) To cover travel and overnight stays in London, since I live in Preston
3) To cover the cost of Hormone Replacement Therapy
4) To cover the cost of Vocal training

After I am on hormone treatment, I will be able to petition the NHS for a transfer to their books, because I won't need a first appointment, and all blood tests will be done. All they'll need to do is prescribe hormones and eventually allow me Gender Reassignment Surgery. But to begin, I will need to pay for the first part. Being on very limited income means I will never be able to afford it personally, so I'm asking you to help me, I beg you. I need to do this.

I will keep you all updated on my journey. And I want to thank you all in advance for any help you can provide. 

Thank you

Jessica May Jackson


Jessica May Jackson

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