Quinn's Transition Fund
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I grew up raised as a "girl." I never really felt like a girl, though. I was a total "tomboy." I rode dirtbikes, liked playing with cars and skateboards, was very athletic, etc. From a very young age, I felt constricted by gender stereotypes. I felt like I wouldn't be loved or accepted if I didn't wear dresses and heels to church. I thought that everyone would judge me if I didn't have a boyfriend. When I was in 9th grade, I realized that I'd rather date girls, and coming out was quite a challenge. My friends at school mostly saw it coming, but it caused a lot of turbulence at home. After struggling with depression and self harm through all of high school, I decided to go away for college to get a fresh start. After my mom drove away, I began my life as a man. It was a new beginning.
Everyone on my college campus was really supportive, all of my friends are accepting and I've only run into minor problems with peers. I even got to start testosterone on December 8th, 2015! However, as a full-time college student with a part-time minimum wage job, funding this transition is just not an option for me. I have no parental support, at all. I am completely independent, with no benefactor who can buy me clothes or snacks, let alone fund surgeries and hormones. I pay my own bills, earn my own tuition via academic scholarships and loans, and live on campus. I suffer every day from intense gender dysphoria, meaning it is emotionally and physically painful to be in this body. I wince every time someone refers to me as "she" or when my mother calls and uses my birthname. This surgery is medically necessary. On top of all my other health problems, including asthma and fibromyalgia, binding for a long period of time is less of an inconvenience and more of an impossibility. Binding your breasts to present as male is not only uncommfortable but can become a health risk when you are sick, exercising, or even just during a long day. But just as dangerous is the pain that comes from appearing as and being thought of as the wrong gender. Being misgendered can not only lead to emotional discomfort, but can cause self-esteem issues, feelings of shame, and worsening of mental health conditions. These useless milk sacks have to come off, and I need your help to do it! Please consider donation, it could save my life.
I have gotten my name changed on my Driver's License and SSA card, as well as anything related to my bank and bills. My Insurance is fighting me and requiring many repetitive submissions of paperwork, but I'm working on it. I recently got my gender marker changed on my license and am waiting for it to be sent to me. Next on my list is my birth certificate. Once I get all my documents to match, I can finally move all my stuff over to PA, including getting a PA Driver's License. So! In order to change my CT Birth Certificate for both my name and gender marker, I need to submit: (1) the court docs with my legal name change, (2) a signed affidavit saying that I actually am the gender I'm trying to change my papers to, and (3) a notarized affidavit from my doctor saying I've " undergone surgical, hormonal, or other treatment clinically appropriate for the applicant for the purpose of gender transition." Plus $150 that I don't have. But either way, I have an appointment with my endocrinologist on the 2nd during which I can get the doctor's letter done, so in theory all I need to do is save the money! I'm excited!