Trans Femme In Need

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Christine, I am a 22 year old trans-woman currently residing in Italy. I have recently become estranged with my parents due to me being trans and complicated financial reasons. 

I have been supporting myself for the past 3 years as a cabaret performer, makeup artists, aesthetician and massage therapist. My parents used to sporadically help me out on the side, but they haven’t been supporting me meaningfully since before the pandemic. 

My relationship with them has always been strained. I have been on my own since I was 15 years old, and I had always dreamed of moving to the west in order to live a life of freedom, a freedom that I could not afford when I was living in China. 

Since the pandemic, I have been going through major financial struggles. My career rests upon the notion of interaction, and I haven’t been able to attend to any of my events or clients for a while now. For the time being I have been freelancing translation work online, but that is neither here nor there.

I was kicked out of my apartment almost 2 months ago, my landlord was harassing me and targeting me. I suspect that it was due to my race and gender because of certain snide comments he had made, not knowing I was present in the next room. 

I am currently broke. Completely. I am in debt. I no longer have access to both my German bank accounts as well as my Chinese account. My parents have chosen to freeze me out, as I put them on as co-signers of my banks (for better credit options, as I am not yet 25 years of age). They have done this before to get my attention, but this time I have chosen to keep my distance. My mother specifically has manipulative tendencies, and our relationship has been toxic for years. I have come to the realization that for the sake of both my physical and mental health, I have to recuse myself from our relationship completely. This was not an easy decision. 

I have been applying for jobs, so many I can no longer count the amount of times I have tweaked my CV, but so many reached back telling me that the offers they posted were essentially to meet hiring quotas, and that they were just going to hire back old employees that were laid off during the pandemic. 

I am currently crashing at my friends. I am so fortunate to have wonderful friends, who have offered to pay for my groceries, as well as other enmities and situations that have presented themselves. 

I have found an apartment, but am currently lacking the funds to pay for my first month of rent, deposit, as well as other fundamentals for the new place. I have also exhausted my professional work kit for makeup and esthetics work, so I am not able to provide a service which made up the majority of my income. 

I am asking for this money so I can get back on my feet again. I have fallen many times in this life, but I am a fighter and I refuse to give up. I aspire to live a happy life, and even though this situation is less than ideal, I remain optimistic. It’s a confusing feeling because, within the LGBTQI+ community, you hear and read about stories where families become estranged, and you just assume it wouldn’t be you. Well I guess it has become me. It’s a bit surreal. I am processing it. But I have come to realize that it is impossible to brave through this alone, which is why I am asking for help. 

Please help me.

Donations

  • Chiara Berruto 
    • €15 
    • 3 d
  • Eddie Roskelly 
    • €15 
    • 3 d
  • Hejun Shi 
    • €20 
    • 6 d
  • Anonymous 
    • €10 
    • 7 d
  • Daniel Tadeo 
    • €20 
    • 12 d
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Organizer

Christine Sigwarth 
Organizer
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