winn's new voice

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Raised by 114 people in 1 month
hello y'all ! if you don't know me, my name is winn, i'm 24 and i'm a trans woman living in LA . i migrated from texas when i was 18 . i'm an "artist" and a fabricator, well-rounded builder / do-er of most things . 

being trans comes with many difficulties, especially around communicating and the desire to pass at work when dealing with clients and many people who, more often than not, misgender me upon hearing me speak . i then usually end up spiraling into a dysphoria induced anxiety attack . this happens daily, sometimes multiple times a day . sometimes the mistakes are casual and just a slip of tongue, sometimes more blatant or even with aggressive intention . passing has, for the most part, been held up by this damn voice . it's been proven to me time and time again by people gendering me correctly before i speak, and then changing their mind after hearing me speak . i have been harassed because of this . i have been discriminated against because of this . i am terrified to talk to strangers . you never know who might have their opinions or how strongly they feel about them . what ever can i do ? do i just stay inside forever ? go mute ? is there some kind of magic solution to this ??

yes ! well, no, but kind of ! story time; i moved to LA about 7 years ago . one of the first people who i became friends with was another trans woman who had just booked her appointment at Yeson voice center in Seoul, South Korea . her results were wonderful, and i knew then that i needed to do this one day . my goals and life were a bit scattered back then but now i'm finally settling into a place where i can undergo such treatment, emotionally/mentally and with lots of community support around me .

about 6 months ago i started taking my life and my transition a bit more seriously . it happened after my brother passed . i got this feeling that i need to make my life more fulfilling, make everything worth it . i mean, why did i even move to LA and transition to begin with if i had no direction or intention or goals ? i want to be who i want to be and i have all of the tools around me and the support of my friends that i can make it through anything . i started HRT in november and i'm legally changing my name and gender marker on my ID soon as well . also possibly talking to my doc about FFS and what all my insurance covers . the one major thing that i know i need to do that cannot be covered by insurance is the vocal surgery . Dr. Kim at the Yeson voice center has a unique practice that has the best quality outcome and the safest procedure . none of the practices within the states even come close to these results . insurance does not cover it because korea so it'll cost me quite a bit which is why i made this whole thing . you can read all about it and watch some clips on their website below (i legit was in tears after reading about it)

(also the clip at the bottom of the woman speaking is my friend who did the surgery 7 years ago ! wow great job jenny u made it on their site u go girl !!!)

thanks for reading all of that and considering donating to my cause, i really do appreciate it . i am trying to fly out there and do this basically as soon as it can be funded, i'm saving several grand for this as well to accommodate not just the surgery but the hotel and plane and everything too .
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hey all ! things have been going great ! i've been in touch with the voice center and am trying to schedule the appointment, and i've begun processing for my name change . things are going along really well donations are super good i've made about $6,725 total so far with the money from the kowloon tattoo party, which was so much fun . it's bizarre kinda i'm so grateful lol anyway so i've updated the goal amount to $10k to maybe allow for extra expenses . the surgery itself is about $8k, then there's also travel fees, 2 weeks in a hotel, money to hold over while i'm out of work recovering, yeah and just stuff like that . i'm working a lot these days but i don't want to be broke after it all either so i figured why not aim to have funds to cover those other things ? anyways hi how are y'all doing yay thanks eeeeeeeee !
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it's at halfway that's so cool ! thanks so much everyone for this I'm kinda overwhelmed with feelings and I'm processing how wonderful my friends n community are like wow I'm so grateful !! my friend elliot drew this awesome picture of me, I love having such talented friends that love me back woooooah ‍♀️
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