My name is Rian. Some of you will also know me as Aysha Buffet. My pronouns are She/Her. I am a queer performer and drag queen based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am a proud trans woman who has been transitioning for 2 years now. I have been taking estrogen, testosterone blockers and other necessary steps towards my ultimate goal and dream of having gender affirmation surgery.
Having been a part of the queer community for years now, I've learnt that to uplift a queer person and allowing that person to shine is uplifting the WHOLE community and allowing the WHOLE community to shine. Everything we do as queer people reflects back on our community and so I'm hoping that with your help, I can truly live out my right to be my authentic self and continue to uplift the community.
2020 gave me the spark I needed to begin working towards my goal. Through the graciousness and generosity of so many around South Africa and beyond, I was able to create masks to help raise funds for my surgery. Through that venture, I was able to make $20,000 in sales and even after repaying the cost of materials and labor, I was still left with an amount I never thought I'd ever have. Sadly, the surgery I am after, known as the Peritoneal Pull Through Vaginoplasty, is not common, not available in South Africa and only available abroad which raises the cost of my surgery with the added costs of travel,medical travel insurance and recovery time
It's taken some time but I've realised I can't raise these funds alone and the only way I can do this is by asking for some help. Surgery isn't for everyone but I really want and need this surgery to allow me to live my life as the woman that I am in the body I was denied. Although I have an incredible support team around me, it hurts to see my physical body not match the essence of who I am as a human.
Through my work, I've met some incredibly generous people. People who have invested their time with me as well as people who have donated in private.
Thank you for taking the time to read my GoFundMe and I'm sending all the light and love to you, wherever you are in the world!
Love, Rian/Aysha Buffet!