Hi there, and thanks for stopping your scrolling for a brief moment to take a look at these pictures and read this “caption”.
My name is Liam and I’m 30 years old. I am a transman who is trying to desperately raise money for a surgery that the medical profession sees as medically unnecessary. I’m trying to raise money for my top surgery to help me look like the man that I know that I am inside.
I came out as transgender on January 11, 2011. Yes, 1/11/11, even I find that amusing. I’ve been living my life as a man for nearly 4 years, and I’m so much happier for it. On July 18th, I finally came out to my parents. I was blown away by their immediate acceptance and support of me being their son. It was rough, but I had an amazing woman behind me to support me through a moment that I thought would have me losing my family. She kept telling me that they would accept me and love me, and she was right. My parents are willing to help however they can, but with the current cost of medical treatments for my step-mom, financial assistance with my surgery isn’t an option. The side of my family that could help has turned their back on me years ago, and I don’t hear from anyone on that side anymore.
My last fundraiser that I did, selling t-shirts, went better than I had hoped. In 30 days, I sold 30 shirts for a total of $200 towards my goal of $8000 for my surgery and the care needed afterwards. Total donations, to date, equal $400 and I am so very grateful. That leaves me with $7600 left to raise.
My dysphoria levels vary from day to day. Some days, I’m good and have no problems. Other days, like today, I feel like I’m going to be stuck for the rest of my life and will never look like the man that I feel I am inside. I’m so very grateful for my girlfriend and her never ending patience, love, and support on days like today and every day. She sees me as a man, and she reminds me that I am a man. I’m a lucky man, and I know that she knows that I feel this way.
So, my Tumblr friends, I’m asking for your assistance. Anything helps… even $1. If you can’t afford to donate, please share this. Please help me get the word out about my need for this life altering and saving surgery. The medical field, most of it at least, sees this as a cosmetic want type of surgery and not a life need. I want to look and feel like what everyone else sees when they look at me: A man, completely.
Thank you for your time…