Ended on May 31st 2021
G’day folks! My name is Shamini and I’m a trans masc non-binary former drag king (the name’s Kevin Razorline), soon-to-be dad, jack of all trades and hobbies, and master of none.
I have been a community organiser, activist, drag king performer and queer professional at different times in my life and I try to give back to the LGBTIQ community and my QTPOC community in my work everyday. Right now I need some help from the communities that I love so much.
I am trans and have been slowly coming to terms with who I am and what I need to do to feel like myself in my body. I have been binding my chest for over 13 years (since 2008) and while that has allowed me to feel more like me, over time it has really affected my physical health and abilities.
I’ve known that I need top surgery for a long time now however the financial costs have been unfathomable, like they are for so many trans and gender diverse folks. For me, top surgery will cost between $10,000 – $14,000. Here’s a breakdown of those costs:
~$3300 (hospital fees)
I have been trying to save for a while but have been hampered by the financial support my family has needed as well as the costs of preparing to have my first child (as my lovely partner Hannah is currently pregnant!). I’m hoping to crowdfund for a portion of my surgery in a way that will also allow me to show my thanks and continue to give to the community that has supported me.
Over the years I’ve collected many hobbies and skills which I’ve turned into the “reward” options you can see on the right. If you can dream it, I’ve probably done it! I’ve been a breakfast cook, a zine-ster, parkour traceuse, a (beginner) contact juggler, a magazine designer, a drag king (over 40 performances in 3 states and two documentaries made), an artist and much more!
Have a browse and see what options take your fancy, there’s something in there for everyone! If you don’t feel like any of the rewards but would like to donate a specific amount, you can pick the “My <3 and thanks” reward and donate any amount you would like.
Finally, I wanted to say that money isn’t everything and that if you could share this with 5 people you know that would go a long way to helping me too. Take a screencap of you sharing it and send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll send you out my awesome 90s Spotify playlist as thanks!
Thank you everyone for anything you are able to give. Your support means I get to live an authentic life as who I really am. Your support gives hope to other trans and gender diverse people that their community will have their back when the time comes. I hope to continue to give to my communities for a long time to come, and you are helping me to do that.
So thank you for everything <3
Note: Just so you know, every bit helps even if we don’t get to $8,000. Crowdfunding isn’t without cost (5-8% of money raised is taken as a fee for ReadyFundGo and Stripe), but I’m hoping that what’s left will go a long way to helping me cover my surgery costs. If this fundraiser raises more than the amount I end up paying for my surgery, any remaining funds will go to Black Rainbow, which is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy (LGBQTI+SB) organisation in the pursuit of positive health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI+SB folks.
WOW!!!!! We made it! :O
I've been completely overwhelmed and awed by everyone's messages, support and love over the last 2 weeks. Thank you so much to each and everyone of you who has donated or shared this fundraiser far and wide. I appreciate it more than you could ever know.
Because of your support I was able to book and pay for my top surgery yesterday!! It's happening this June and I simply couldn't be happier.
It's really hard for trans folks to ask for help to overcome the immense barriers in front of us and the fear that we won't get any support when we do, so thanks for responding to the call.
This just couldn't have happened without you all <3