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Louie's Top Surgery Fund!

$1,635 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 24 months
Hey, my name's Louie and I'm a 26 year-old trans babe. 

If you don't have the time, here's the short version: I'm trying to raise funds for a future double incision top surgery to give me the chest of a typical male so I can walk through this world suffering a little less. (A lot less.)

Longer version: 

For as long as I could remember I have always felt, at best, uncomfortable in my body and, at worst, horrifically disconnected from it and the way others perceived me. I'm pleased to say that since coming out as trans I have seen and felt a significant change in my mental state and behaviors. And I find that as afraid as I am of the world, I am no longer warring with myself. (Honestly, I'm feeling some tears coming on as I read that sentence out loud. The bittersweet kind. The mourning, healing, relieved kind.)

But this is only the beginning.

This is where you come in! If you are able, the smallest donation and/or a quick share of my campaign to your friends/family/coworkers would make a difference. Please help me live my best life. Someday, when I am more financially sound, I will do for others what you have done for me.

Thank you so, so much.
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I got my top surgery scheduled! December 11th!!!!!

To answer some questions before I get them: I'll be having surgery with Dr Cicuto (thanks for the recommendation, Alec.) I had my consultation with him yesterday. He was an informative and kind presence to experience in person, as well as his staff. I felt right at home. They don't take my insurance (but nowhere else does either, i'm poor, it is what it is, etc) so I'll be borrowing from a handful of too-kind individuals and paying them back for the foreseeable future. This kindness and generosity, as well as all of yours, is allowing me to have this necessary surgery sooner than later. Allowing my body to bloom in a way that no amount of emotional labor can do for me.

I shed my tears of thanks in private so I could go on to share joyous text messages, phone calls, and champagne smiles with my roommates. A special thank you to my chosen family, far and wide, here and down below. If I'm the sunflower, we are the bouquet.

Anyway, here's a bajillion ways you can help me pay off my surgery costs sooner than later. Thank you, love you.

bonfire.com/vulnerability
laterlouie.threadless.com
society6.com/louietomasv
venmo.com/laterlouie
https://cash.me/$LouieTomas
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Friends and family,

Less than a month ago, at my 6 months on T, I shared a video that was less about what testosterone was doing for me (physically) and more about my daily decision to choose life. Which, for me, goes hand in hand with my transition.

I struggle with making this daily choice a lot more on some days than others, but recently things have been especially hard. A lot of it is the financial burden of transitioning, which is, very frankly, something I need to do to stay alive. Some of it is my struggle with navigating a world that continues to exclude, belittle, dismiss, and even kill people like me. Even if you can't personally understand my situation, I'm sure you at least have the capacity to feel....not great when you hear that. Add my severe depression and anxiety on top of that and well, it's not a great mix, to say the least.

I've continued to see a counselor, though, even when it comes out of my pocket, because that too, for me, is a necessity. Between the medical and mental help I'm getting, and the good people I surround myself with (like you!) I find I am more able to let myself stumble, and not see it as shameful, or a sign of morbid permanence, but rather the reminder of my humanity and resilience. I fall, but I do not stay down, and I believe I can only do that now, because it's leading me into a future where every moment spent is spent knowing and learning who I am. How fucking cool is that? I know.

Things are looking up. I'm soon moving out of my life-long living situation (literally the entirety of my life, not an exaggeration) of public housing, with its policies and standards set so high and penalizing towards the poor folk who live within it (like myself, obviously). I am grateful to have had a roof over my head all these years, but I will not stay quiet forever about all the ways my personal growth has been stifled under these conditions. That's for another time, though.

Really, what I'm getting at is that I continue to need all the support I can kind, financial or otherwise. With the move coming up, the name change and surgery I desperately need....if you have the extra dollar, or the moment to spare a kind and encouraging word, please remember me.

https://louietomasv.carrd.co/ This link will lead you to a series of ways to support me, such as my social media, my photography blog, my threadless store where you can buy cute shirts and support a cute boy at the same time, my paypal, and even my email. Feel free to send me a message just to say hi and trust that I will cherish it.

Asking for your help and your support continues to be something that's hard for me, but it's not lost on me how long I suffered in silence before all this, and how it was much longer than anyone ever should.

So. Please, help me however you can, whenever you can. And I will not forget. I have not forgotten.

Thank you.

PS. For the record, starting HRT is easily one of the best things that's ever happened for me.

All my love,
Louie Tomás
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hi friends and family! just wanted to drop in with an update for you.

HRT and counseling has been doing a lot of good for me, overall. in the attached video you'll hear me speak on a few not-so-good experiences i've had since i started transitioning, but you'll also get some reassurance that this life of mine has already improved by extreme amounts. i continue to tell people that i've done the scariest thing in my life (coming out to myself) and so everything can only go up from here.

thank you again to all of you for donating. i was able to cover my first 3 month check up and everything came back good and normal. you all have really helped get me through the financial hurdle of transitioning. please keep me in mind if you ever have an extra buck to spare as this process is not a short one by any means, but please know that i am grateful for everything you've already done.

if you watch my video, feel free to leave a comment and share it with your friends! i can never have too much support.

all my love,
louie
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hi friends and family! thanks so much to all of you who have donated already. it truly and deeply moves me more than you’ll ever know. i have been keeping track of your names on my whiteboard!

anyway i’m here today to ask for your help. i learned that my 3 month check up in december will cost me 300 because i need additional testing. it’s not great but i need to do it for my overall well-being. if you could please share the link to my fundraiser or maybe throw a couple more bucks at me, i would be forever grateful! also remember that i have tshirts @ laterlouie.threadless.com if you wanna own something cool in exchange for supporting me.

some positives to report! i’ve grown quite a bit of facial hair and my voice has dropped significantly since starting hormone replacement therapy six weeks ago. it’s honestly improved my sense of self so much. being able to have access to resources and finances to pursue my transition is not something every trans human (who wants to transition, because not all do or have to) gets to have and so i am forever thankful even when i watch the money leave my bank account lol!

thanks for everything.

all my love,
louie
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