I'm here today to ask for your help. Here's why:
I was born intersex, and I have the scars to prove it. Surgery was done on me at birth (without my consent), and I learned about this through my experiences, a genetic chromosome test in high school, my scars and research, and my intuition. I've always felt more feminine than masculine, yet I grew up in the south where LGBT people are often not supported. I was forced into a box for many years, even though I've always known who I am and wanted to be. I cried so often about that, and knowing that I wouldn't be accepted for who I am.
Today, I am free of that. I got away from that place where my bones were literally broken. Today I am the most blessed I have ever been: I live with the Aina and my ohana in Hawai'i. I don't yet have a car or job, but I'm free and thankful that I am rich in good friends, food, shelter, water, sunlight, plants, animals, and countless blessings ♥ I'm thankful to my past self, and how strong she was even while suffering, repressed and in fear. I'm also thankful to everyone who was kind to me. I have a lot of mixed feelings about how I grew up, but even though I got hurt, their intentions were not bad. I'm grateful for the good parts of my childhood.
I am here because I hope for your help. I have a surgery at Mozaic Care this October. A new procedure is possible, that will help put me back to how I was born, before these scars. I am blessed with amazing insurance from the most beautiful Hawai'i, and so far my procedure is fully covered
I have to pay for flights, transportation, housing, and basic necessities while in San Francisco. I'm talking with a friend and may have a place to stay, but this is why I'm asking for your help. I have $2000 to my name that I have saved up. If you are able to give, even just $1, it will mean the world to me. I'll write back to you and pray for you personally, (unless you ask me not to). Anything, from anyone helps. Even just sharing this page with one person helps me meet my goal. Thank you for reading and Mahalo piha