Joanne's Journey to Top Surgery

Hi, my name is Joanne I'm 27, black and genderfluid. For years I've been told that I couldn't be my authentic self, I couldn't dress masculine or be masculine, femininity was forced on me throughout my childhood and teen years. It wasnt until I moved out just before graduating high school that I explored my femininity on my own and along the way I discovered drag and learned to embrace my masculinity and femininity the way I wanted to. Yet I still don't feel whole and I've spent a lot of time thinking about what was best for me while still putting others first and hiding who I am instead of putting myself, my happiness and my health first. It's not just a want, it's a need to get top surgery for the sake of my mental health. I've been weighed down by crippling dysphoria, depression and anxiety and panic attacks to the point I lay in bed all day and don't  want to be touched because I feel so uncomfortable with my body. I want to finally feel whole, to love my body, to love who I am with no shame and to finally be me. I want to be able to feel the sun on my chest and take my shirt off in public and go for a swim without feeling self conscious. I want to look in the mirror and see myself and say this is me. I don't want to hide who I am anymore, I'm tired of hiding and pretending. I am genderfluid, black, a dragking, bisexual, a mom, a wife and I am proud of that. But I how I feel on the inside to match what I see on the outside. With your help the amount I need will cover the cost of the deposit to set and date,  the surgery itself, travel and recovery. Please, if you can donate anything to support me I would be so grateful. Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your support.


  • Amelia Leon 
    • $15 
    • 10 d
  • Aria Leighty  
    • $25 
    • 16 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $125 
    • 27 d


Joanne Bell 
Gary, IN
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