Hi! I'm Ellie, known on Twitter and some other websites as BootlegGirl, and I'm a transgender woman. I came out six years ago this August, and my transition has been pretty long and complicated. You might remember me as the girl who wrote the essay about trans themes in The Matrix, or who did her dissertation on gamer masculinity but washed out of academia. There's been ups and downs. (If you want to know more about those ups and downs, check out Ellie's blog at Medium!)
Here's the deal: in April of this year I had the surgery that was most absolutely urgent to me in terms of feeling better about my self-image matching how I was actually able to express myself, which was the VFSRAC procedure that feminized my voice. This has been great, but unfortunately, I've discovered that I still don't "pass" as female a lot of the time.
Simultaneously with this unpleasant discovery, I've decided to embark on a career that really will require me to pass: teaching English overseas. I want to go abroad for a lot of reasons, but I want to do it as how I view myself internally. And as I'm 31 going on 32, I don't want to wait much longer to restart my life.
So how can this happen? I need to receive the two final traditional surgical procedures for trans women, facial feminization surgery (FFS) and sex reassignment/GRS/no one can really agree on the acronym for this one. Combined, if I travel to Thailand, this will cost me about $27,000 for both procedures, which is far less than in the US. I'll also need money for travel or hotels.
Why should I help?
Obviously, only help if you want to! But here are some reasons you might want to:
- If you enjoy my presence on social media
- If you've found one of my Medium posts enlightening or thought provoking
- If you want to help deal with the pervasive conditions that keep trans women from being able to self-fund these things
- If you want to promote my safety in an increasingly transphobic USA
- If you want to help me start a career so I can be the one giving next time
In any case, I'm not providing goods and services - this is a request for charity, and I will be deeply grateful to all who can help or share the campaign with others.
To learn more about me, check out my about.me!