The Light of My Life Needs Surgery

My boyfriend's name is Elliott, he's kind, funny, and caring and everything I've ever wished for in another human. Everyday I think about what ways I can support him and help him grow to become the best man he can be. 


He's a talented musician, and going to school for music education. He currently plays in his university's top ensemble (this dude be hella talented, even though I don't think he believes it himself.) He's small but so full of life, brings me so much happiness evey day, and he is also ftm trans. Let me tell you why this matters:

Elliott, like many of the trans friends you probably know, binds. This sounds like a common practice, but after binding for hours on end (over 12 hours sometimes, when he has long game days for marching band etc), day after day, for years after years it leads to a series of serious health problems. (health consequences of binding ) From shortness of breath to very serious risks like broken ribs and lung collapse. Binding for as long as he has, has already changed the shape of his ribcage, pushing his sternum inwards. 

Scary  and quality of life threatening stuff aside, as a musician in an ensemble (as well as a section leader of the university's marching band), lung capacity is rather important. Top surgery for him would help him be able to harness his talents and truly help him become the best musician he can be. 

This is a story you've probably heard before, it's an unfortunately common problem among our youth and probably a lot of your friends, people you love and care about. Disclaimer: I don't care aesthetically what Elliott's chest looks like. I love him exactly as he is and he never has to change for me. I only care about his well being and how HE views HIMself. 

I would like to be able to raise the money as soon as I can to (hopefully) surprise him with the funds for him to get the top surgery he desperately wants but can't afford. He graduates from college in 2 years, and I want him to be able to really experience all of his school's music program to the fullest capacity. If you can donate, it would mean so much. I have tiers as well, I hate asking for money and would personally rather work for it but uh, this is a lot. And both he and I are both completely financially independent without much to fall back on. 

EVERY donation gets a FREE TRANS LIVES MATTER bracelet! Please DM with where I should send it, if you would like to receive one!!! You can also find my Etsy (UGLYAURAS) and a portion of every sale will go to this fund as well. 

Thank you all all so much!


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Aurora Christie 
Ypsilanti, MI
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