One of my closest friends, who I have known for quite a long time, is just beginning a physical transition to embrace the fulness of her womanhood, and her humanity. She really needs help beginning her new life, which will mean her social, emotional and psychological life can feel freer, safer and more comfortable.
She was assigned male at birth and has struggled hard in the steps of this assigned gender, and cannot accept it any longer. She has only relatively begun a hormonal transition, and really needs help with absolute basics, as she begins new life, walking into new shoes (literally).
She simply needs a lot of the most simple, basic fundamentals such as clothes, shoes, simple grooming products. She has not been in a position to work for quite a long time due to various circumstances beyond her control. She lives frugally on very very little. She lives a simple, safe, stable life. She is a mature, educated, responsible and talented adult who i respect a great deal. She is not about to step into some lavish lifestyle - she is looking for basic necessities to groom and dress and care for herself and her evolving body. The amount I am trying to help her raise, will simply aid her in beginning to walk more comfortably in her new chapter of life, as it takes shape in a form that finally feels closer to how she has always felt.
It is not safe for her to 'come out' yet and therefore I offered to help her with this, and to do this in a way that her identify can be kept anonymous. I know this might make it hard for people to feel free to donate, since they do not know the identity of this person. I understand that. Please do not ask me for more information as I will not be able to disclose it to you. Her safety and security and trust is of the utmost priority in this situation. I can only hope there might be some people out there that trust me enough to know I would not anyhow do this, that I can be trusted, and that for me to take the effort to do this, and that this means it is a worthwhile cause.
This friend is an incredible human. She has walked through such a great deal of many many trials in so many seasons of her life. She is a miracle of life, to have gotten this far. I am hoping dearly that this next chapter, while it will not be easy, can be made a little softer, gentler and kinder with the help of friends.
Please do not be afraid to donate what might even feel like the smallest amount to you, because every bit will help and will be greatly appreciated.
It is possible I may ask for more help further down the track, as there will be other needs. For now this is to get her through the next few months of adjustment.