Hello everybody. My name is Jordae, and I'm a 24-year-old transgirl living in Cape Town, South Africa. After many years of suffering from depression and social anxiety, because I was not happy with the gender I was assigned to at birth, I have finally decided to start the journey of transitioning to the person my mind, heart and soul have always wanted me to be.
Growing up in Zimbabwe, a country where the LGBTQ+ community is persecuted and discriminated against, it is very challenging and scary for members of our community to openly be themselves. This is a country where the law is not on our side, and LGBTQ+ people can even face serious jail time. It is also not safe to openly be yourself in public because LGBTQ+ people are often harassed and assaulted just for being who they are.
As a child, it was never an option for me to even attempt at wearing the female clothes or high-heels I always yearned to wear, or put on make-up and paint my nails like all the other girls my age were doing, and that pulled me into a great depression growing up. I also suffered from severe social anxiety because I didn't fit in with all the other boys, so I did not have any friends.
It was when I started having suicidal thoughts that I finally decided I will move to a country where I can openly be myself without any judgement, fear of persecution, and discrimination, so I moved to South Africa, and it was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. Living here and being my true authentic self has made me realise just how happy and liberated a person can be just by being themselves. But as much as I can be myself here and dress up like a woman, it still doesn't eradicate my yearning to be in a female body.
So because of the reasons stated above, I've been held back from living my truth for so many years, I have decided to start this fund in hopes that I can raise enough money to pay for my transition. As you may already know, doctor's visits and medication can be very costly, and as hard as I've tried, so far, I simply cannot afford it. However, the money I'm hoping to raise is not entirely for doctor's visits and medication; it will also go toward my Gender Reassignment Surgery, Breast Augmentation, and Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS).
If you've taken the time to read this far, I just wanted to say thank you. Any amount donated will be immensely appreciated. Knowing there are people out there that are willing to help will give me so much hope and will show me that I am not alone and that I have many allies out there supporting me. So thanks again everyone, it is greatly appreciated x