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Debrah's Transition Funding
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From an early age I knew I was different; that I did not fit in nor wanted to be with the other boys and that I wanted to express myself differently than them. I desired to express myself the way that girls would. Unfortunately, being born in a ...

From an early age I knew I was different; that I did not fit in nor wanted to be with the other boys and that I wanted to express myself differently than them. I desired to express myself the way that girls would. Unfortunately, being born in a male body left me helplessly trapped. My urge to present myself as a female was completely overshadowed and suppressed by a society that is not prepared to accept that a person with a male body could have a woman trapped within.

At the age of seven I began to realize that I was different than the rest of the boys and that I enjoyed and was more comfortable with the feminine things; playing with dolls, makeup, wearing pink clothing, etc… However, at that time I was living in Peru, and I had to suppress my true feelings because my father, uncles, cousins, my Grand Pa and the male dominated society would not accept that I was different; thus, to avoid possible conflict and violence towards me I choose to conform and I created a male façade to conceal my true feelings.

Consequently, to elude any backlash to myself or my loved ones I decided to create a life of a “normal man” pretending that I appreciated everything that was male oriented and masculine. Hence, I ended up forcing myself to play sports like soccer, weight lifting, hanging out with the guys, etc… But, when I was alone in the privacy of my home I would close my eyes and daydream that I was a girl. Knowing that all my life I have been lying to my family, friends and especially to myself has been a great and heavy burden. Playing the role of a man for all these years has made my life miserable for me and to others.

In November of 2012 I got the courage to tell my family and friends that for these many years I was really a woman trapped in the body of a man; that I am a Transgender. I have been diagnosed with a condition called Gender Dysphoria and it is basically the condition of being transsexual. This is not the same as being a cross dresser, drag queen, female impersonator or being a gay male, this means that biologically I was born a male; however, my brain and my own sense of being has been that of a female.

Since February 2013 I have been working with medical professionals to help me through my condition. The treatment for a transsexual person is to have a gender transition, which involves a series of expensive surgical procedures. These surgeries are not covered by health insurance or healthcare providers making almost impossible to afford my treatment. Being Transsexual is not a choice; consequently, transitioning is necessary to have a normal and fulfilling life. If Gender Identity Disorder is left untreated, it can cause severe depression and, in many instances, suicide. Being born with a female brain; but with a male body causes me great suffering.

PLEASE HELP ME ACHIEVE A NORMAL LIFE.

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