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Lilyanna Evergarden's Story
My name is Lilyanna. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army, artist and former automotive technician by trade. I am asking you to help me in my pursuit of raising money to support my surgeries for my transition. I had a hard life growing up, I was in foster care from a young age and moved from home to home. I never got to be raised by true parents. I knew at a young age that I preffered being a female but was forced to live as a male. By age 12 I began to prefer dresses, skirts, and other such things, creating a disconnect between who I knew I was and who everyone expected me to be. This eventually grew into a depression . It took me a long time to start my transition because I was so afraid of losing my friends, family, and career. However, depression has very nearly taken over my life now. I finally thought I could come out and pursue my transition to female. I had a career working hard and studying rigorously to become a master automotive technician, which was my passion. After working for the dealership for a year, I decided it was time to tell them of my transition plans. Two months later they found a way to fire me, despite the hard work and promise I showed.
I was utterly devastated, I sold everything I owned and abandoned my 6 year long pursuit in automotive. I have since gone from making $42,500 to $24,956 a year, which doesn’t quite cover my budgeted expenses. I lost everything: my dream, my transition opportunity, and my life. I please ask you to help me end this depression that has gripped me all my life. Give me the gift of being who I really want to be, a female sister who only wants to love, work, and be a master automotive technician who is not judged for what I am. I thank you with all my heart.
Asher Campbell's Story
My name is Asher and I’m asking to help get funds for top surgery.
I was born and raised in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Growing up, I always felt different and like I was just wrong. I felt like a part of me was missing but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Being raised in the Southern US in the 90s, no one talked about trans people unless they were the butt of a joke. I didn’t even know what “transgender” really meant until I was almost 18 when I saw a transman on an episode of Oprah. As I listened to him speak, I found myself identifying with everything he said. I had finally figured out what it was that felt so wrong about being me. But even then, I dared not tell anyone that I felt that way for fear of ridicule.
Not knowing who I was for most of my life, and then finally feeling like I knew who I was but not being able to express it created a war within myself. I suffered from addiction, severe depression, and anxiety. I finally came out and socially transitioned at the age of 24. I began medically transitioning at 25 and have now been on testosterone for about five years. Since then, I’ve felt more in tune with myself than I ever have. The depression and anxiety have, for the most part, lifted and I live my life in recovery from addiction instead of being a slave to it.
But I still don’t feel whole. I still don’t feel completely comfortable in my own skin. And that’s what I’m asking for help so that I can be at peace with my body and feel comfortable being me.
A million thanks!
Karter Lydick's Story
I am Karter and I am 27 years old. I was raised in a military family and grew up partially overseas. I had a pretty comfortable upbringing with love and support. While attending high school in Tennessee I came out as lesbian. I struggled with this label because it still didn't feel right but, my family was accepting so I stuck with it. Being openly gay in high school had its own set of struggles and I did endure bullying like a lot of others. After high school I found myself struggling with addiction to hide the hurt and cover up the things I didn't feel comfortable dealing with.
I was able to overcome my addiction and I am now 8 years sober. I have worked hard to build a career for myself. Met my wife and started building our family. I'm an avid Cat dad (we have 3 furry boys) and have recently found that I like being a plant dad as well (also, currently have 3 plants I love to spend time taking care of).
My wife and I had a hard couple years in 2018 - 2019 and struggled with the loss of many loved ones. We started therapy and in learning and being accepted in therapy I was able to accept myself as trans and start loving myself for me and showing others who I truly am. Unfortunately, not all of my family is able to accept my truth but, I have been very lucky through my transition to have a supportive group of family and friends as well as affirming mental and physical health professionals to help me navigate what steps are best for me in the future.
When I started my transition, I realized very quickly that top surgery is a very important step in my journey. Recently my insurance coverage changed and my deductible and out of pocket costs have ultimately more than tripled. As hard as it is to ask for help, I know that, like myself, others enjoy being able to help so I have started reaching out and crowdfunding to try to help get to my goal of being comfortable in my own skin.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you for any donation you can give or for sharing with others that may be able to help.
The top causes of death for women in Tennessee are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s, and cerebrovascular diseases.
Trans and gender-nonconforming communities of color are among the most vulnerable populations in our country. Trans people overall are over 40% more likely to attempt suicide, not because of their own identities but because of the harm they often face after accepting who they are.
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