Hello, I’m Raile. I’m a 25 year old transman who has, despite every effort and records of this dating back to when I was six, never been able to transition. Reasons include a family that outright ignored my gender identity, a psychiatric community that did the same and also decided my ADD was way more important (and also ignored my other, more serious conditions like OCD), and persistent problems involving life in general—six months of unemployment at the beginning of last year, a financially exploitative roommate until this January, and so on.
I’ve been actively trying on my own for about six years, but every year something happens, or multiple things happen, and I’ve been living on ‘maybe next year,’ ‘next year will be better.’
Well, that hasn’t happened.
In the meantime, my various dreams—publishing written works, for example—are all on hold, and I’ve been battling with increasingly severe depression and suicidal thoughts. It’s reached the point where I have been contemplating suicide instead of reaching 27 without transitioning—which is about the point when I might feasibly have a chance of affording it again.
I have younger friends who are determined that I give this a shot. So… here we are.
Here is the breakdown of costs:
- 280 for a name change. Georgia is unpleasantly expensive in this regard.
- 30 bucks a clinic visit at the low income clinic. Multiply by six for now. 180.
- Six months of T can cost anything from 90 USD to 360 USD. If I want a year, that’s anywhere from 180 to 720.
- Top surgery costs far more than I honestly believe I can manage with a site like this, but we’ll leave that on the table as a stretch goal.
- GoFundMe takes 5% of all donations.
- The current goal of 1000 covers all of that, plus about a hundred to catch extra fees for things like blood work that will inevitably come up.
I realise I’m not a terribly persuasive person, but I hope you’ll take the time to read this and donate even a dollar to help me live my life. Thank you.
This is a gofundme that my friend Raile set up tonight.
I’m not super persuasive, either, but just. I know some of us can spare a dollar or two. This is my friend. He is dealing with some serious suicidal inclinations that have been ramping up steadily for a while now, and I just…
I want this for him. So badly. I want him to feel like he belongs in his body, to not have THAT, at least, pushing him further down the pit of depression.
Please, please, please. Donate a little money if you can spare it. Reblog it. Spread the word and help him do this.
Raile is a great friend of mine who has been struggling lately with abysmal quality of life while being in gender transition limbo. He has endured setback after setback, and yet he still continues to forge ahead to build a better life and, well, make it livable. He’s not asking for much, just enough for a name change and to start out hormone therapy. I’d really love to see this happen for him. If you can spare a buck or two to help support a really awesome, brilliantly creative transdude, that would be incredibly helpful and so greatly appreciated. We’ve already gotten more than a third of the way there, and with your help we could get the ball rolling in a big way.
WE CAN TOTALLY MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
If you follow me, you’ve probably seen some of Raile’s species and characters. He’s got whole star systems floating around in his head that are being fleshed out in story form, and quite frankly he serves as inspiration for me to build upon my own world ideas. This dude is totally legit. Supporting him can only lead to his improved self-confidence, which means even more creativity and ingenuity in the realm of worldbuilding. YOU GUYS DON’T EVEN KNOW. Hell, I don’t even know, but the future is exciting. I want all my friends there in the future with me to enjoy it with and for us to continue to create neat things for your eyeballs to consume. With some support, that is a definite possibility. I am very grateful to those of you who have taken the time to read this far. A signal boost would be super rad if you could.