My name's Peyton, and I'm a trans friend of yours trying to pay for top surgery that's wayyy more expensive than it should be.
Top surgery is considered a "cosmetic procedure" in the medical world, and is therefore completely un-covered by my health insurance. This procedure that I've been needing for years is going to bring an end to my unfinished college career if I try to pay for it out of pocket. That'd really be awful - I've worked hard and I only have a year left of my undergrad!
Any amount you can give is appreciated, and will count towards your support of a trans person in need. Also, I MUCH prefer for you to send donations to my Venmo: @Peyton-Boughton (Venmo does not take large chunks of the donations away from me). But if gofundme is your only option, that's totally okay too.
If you need more reasons to donate beside my inability to afford this procedure:
1. It's extremely difficult for me to even get dressed in the morning. Every day, I wake up and put a binder on, which restricts my chest and actually causes me quite a bit of pain when I do so for too long a time or too often. I can't wear comfortable clothing or dress formally for something as simple as a job interview because it hurts so much that I can hardly focus on the task at hand. This makes it difficult to focus on my studies, work a typical job, or even sit down with family and friends and enjoy the time spent with them without feeling extremely conscious of how restricted my body feels.
2. I desperately want to go into social work, especially with children. However, when I have the chest I currently have, I often can't get past the age-old question posed by well-meaning children, "are you a girl or a boy?" I'm usually excited to talk to kids about how I express myself, but when I work in settings with lots of children, it really wears me down and is extremely emotionally draining - particularly when parents try to shield their children from me for being trans (yeah, it honestly happens all the time).
3. I'm a runner, and it really really pains me to feel so dysphoric about my body that I can no longer get outside and run as much as I'd like, which is particularly difficult because...
4. I have ADHD, which can be helped in one of two ways for me: taking medication (which often has some really bad side effects for me personally) and consistent running (which actually helps me focus on the things I need to get done in my life - neurotransmitters are really cool lil things that are very different for individual people).
With all of this said, I want to clarify that trans bodies are beautiful bodies, no matter what. My body is a beautiful body. Everyone's bodies are beautiful bodies. Men with large chests, women with no chests, non-binary people with or without chests - you're all beautiful! Unfortunately for me, despite how much I love what my body can (and can't) do for me, my chest limits me in a lot of ways that are too painful and difficult for me to put up with any longer.
If you are still skeptical of whether or not I'm scamming you (lol) here's a detailed list of my expenses verbatim from my bill:
Transgender Chest Surgery - $5,000
Anesthesia Fees - $775
Facility Fees - $1,100
Inventory Fees - $112 + $140
Total Balance - $7,127
Thank you for reading, donating, and sharing!
Even if you can't afford to donate (that's okay I still love you!) please share with your friends.
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