Jake Liam Dawkins is a 30-year-old trans man. He has been on testosterone for 8 months and is seeking financial help with top surgery cost.
Jake was assigned as female at birth but has known he is a male since he was 4 years old. He had a very traumatic childhood. He was 15 when he came out to his family and they did not take it well. He was abused by his father and his two brothers. Jake had a friend who said he could move in with her, and her family “adopted” him. Jake tried having a boyfriend at 16, because he was tired of the abuse and feeling unwanted by his own family; he tried being feminine; the boyfriend abused him as well… When he turned 17, he moved in with his grandmother; he felt safe but still did not feel like himself. He had no concept of what being transgender was, but he told his friends to call him “he/him” … he lost quite a few friends because of it. Jake was 19 when he moved back in with his birth mother and the abuse started again.
He was 21 when he found out about transgender people and who they were. He wanted to transition, but his mother told Jake she would disown him if he went ahead with it. Jake hit bottom in 2018, after 2 failed relationships, he did not want to live anymore. His former girlfriend found out that he was depressed and contemplating suicide and got him into a good behavioral health program. That is when he was diagnosed with PTSD, Emotional Dysregulation Disorder, and Gender Dysphoria (the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity to be at variance with one’s birth sex).
Since then, Jake has moved in with very good friends who are like family to him. His friends supported Jake through his transition, which has helped with his mental health state, as Jake feels more like himself now. He still struggles with gender dysphoria, which can be helped with surgery. Jake and Rescuing Health are asking for your help: please donate to Jake’s top surgery.