Maddie's Transition Fund

Hiya, I am Maddie.

I am a 22 year old autistic transgender woman living on the Isle of Man. I first realized I was trans when I was 7 since I had a preference for feminine things, I had a lot of internalized self hate when other’s would project their masculinity onto me and often I was depressed since I was scared to express myself and afraid of ridicule.

In high school I held up the masquerade as a man, it took a toll on my mental health quite negatively. I dropped out of high school because of severe depression and other issues going on at the time and later started college. In 2017, I first came out as transgender to a close small number of friends who were accepting. In 2018, I finished college with a qualification in Information Technology and shortly after got an office job.

Things got worse over the few months that I had worked, to the point where I became dependent on alcohol to cope with the stress. At the start of 2019, I lost my job and I moved out of my because I didn’t feel it was a safe environment to transition.

Over the next year, I tried to cope with my dysphoria before I couldn’t help myself anymore. Everything became too hard for me to handle on my own, so I tried to cut my life short. I was discharged from a psychiatric unit after a failed suicide attempt from overdosing on prescription medicine.

I have taken steps to try and improve my situation which involved therapy and filling out the forms to see a gender clinic at some point in the future. In the meantime I have been self medicating on hormones for the past 6 months and it doesn’t really give me much of a budget to do anything else as since it is quite costly. Beyond that, I have no support and have been flying solo for my transition; it’s really been scary.

There is one thing that makes it difficult for me to present myself as a woman and that is my hair line; it has receded quite a bit and hurts my confidence. I have spent money on treatments that have made little to no improvement in restoration.

To which I kindly ask for support towards getting a Hair Transplantation to restore my hairline. I have no money left besides what I use for necessary hormone treatments. I cannot get a prescription until I see gender clinic which will be years away from now because of covid and long waiting times.

Thank you.
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