Hello! I'm Em, a nonbinary person who uses they/them pronouns. I am raising money for gender-affirming top surgery, which I had wanted for years before I even began identifying publicly as trans nonbinary.
My breasts make me feel highly uncomfortable and dysphoric every day, and I am tired of living in a body that feels misaligned with the person I am. What's more, I freaking hate using tape and binding! My breasts often hurt, get in the way of how I want to move and dress, and make me feel like I need to escape my own body.
Why this is urgent: I have found a surgeon I trust and am excited to work with her, but the earliest I can have this procedure done is next August. I am currently unemployed and facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loan debt, which I am lucky enough to have a partner helping me live through, but this leaves no money to put down to secure a surgery date.
I am privileged to be on my father's health insurance plan but will be kicked off when I turn 26 in 2024, so I need to schedule the surgery by December 2022 to feasibly be able to afford this (with your help).
-$2,500 deposit to secure my surgery date
-$2,500 due before surgery ($5k in total to the surgeon)
-Around $1,000 due to my insurance (they cover about $4k, the out-of-pocket cost for this surgery would be $10k)
-The remainder to pay for necessities such as a compression vest, ergonomic pillows, pain medications, and daily expenses for the first month of healing
If I have money left over: It will go directly to other trans people's gender-affirming GoFundMes, the receipts for which I will post in an update if there is excess money once the worst of the healing process is over.
Thank you so much to anyone who can contribute or share this fundraiser. I feel really vulnerable and nervous about doing this, but my desire to undergo this affirming procedure and my gratefulness to my communities outweigh that.
If you have any questions about this process or my identity, feel free to reach out, and I'll answer them as best as I can.