Right now, Richie doesn't believe that top surgery will ever be a reality for him and I want to change that incredibly dangerous mind set. A whopping 41% of trans* people attempt suicide. Richie's dysphoria, negativity and hopelessness has been growing at an alarming rate. I want to do everything I can to prevent and/or limit the amount of pain he has to deal with on a daily basis. Top surgery would undoubtably eliminate a big chunk of it.
As most of you know, Richie has been medically transitioning for almost 3 years. In that time, he has seen so many of his friends within the community get top surgery and it has been a struggle for him. I'm sure many of you have noticed that he has become more reclusive, isolated and depressed. I don't want Richie to ever feel inhibited by his body and/or isolated because of it. This year for his birthday, I want him to truly believe that top surgery is entirely possible for him and unquestionably going to happen in the near future. I can't do that alone, so I'm reaching out to those who love and care about Richie just as much as I do. I honestly can't imagine anything better than knowing that we all helped to make it possible for him to live happily, authentically and without fear or insecurity of his identity, by contributing to the single most liberating and defining moment in his life. I know top surgery will change his life forever and I know that it is something that will give him back that contagious spark and thirst for life that he used to have and remind him that he once thought the world was beautiful and it still is.
No amount is too little so please do not feel embarrassed if you can only donate a dollar or two, I’m still just as humbled by your generosity.
For those of you who have already donated and/or have been reblogging and sharing this with your followers or friends, I am forever indebted to you all.
I don't know how I'll ever repay you all for helping me reach this goal, but I truly hope that I can give back to the community that has supported us and in the near future, be able to help another guy who can't afford top surgery. Feel free to leave a birthday message for Richie along with your donation. I think he would really love that :)
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