My name is Alex and I'm a 19 year old transgender man. Since January of this year I've been on testosterone to help allow me to finally live as my authentic self and be comfortable in my own body in a daily basis. However, in order to finally allow me to feel at home in my own skin, I need top surgery. Top surgery is a double mastectomy and male chest reconstruction, which will allow me to eliminate a majority of my gender dysphoria and finally feel happy in my own skin! Every day I face physical and mental discomfort from my chest and this surgery is something I have wanted and needed for a long time.
This surgery isn't a cosmetic procedure - this is a medical necessity. Though Washington state prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against transgender clients, my insurance company is still full of ignorance towards trans people and their needs. My family and I are prepared to fight tooth and nail to get the coverage that I deserve and need but we are unsure if we will be successful. The surgeon who will be performing the procedure has been doing top surgeries for 20 years and has warned us that my insurance company will be very difficult to convince to budge and provide me with coverage. We are planning on doing everything we can to get the coverage that I deserve but sadly full coverage seems highly unlikely.
That's where this fundraiser comes in. I am a student with a part-time job who is trying to simultaneously save for my education. It's my dream to have this surgery before I transfer to a new university in the fall. I cannot properly express how important this is for me - every single day I have to literally feel the weight of my discomfort on my chest. Top surgery would change my life completely. I could swim, go for runs, sleep shirtless, and finally, finally look like the man I know I am.
Every single penny helps. Even a dollar would mean the absolute world to me. Thank you so much for all the support and love - it means more than you possibly know.
With so much love,
P.S. If my family and I get a miracle and win what will likely be a fight with my insurance company, every penny raised will be donated to an organization that helps transgender people get the treatment, rights and support they deserve.