A Happy Trans* Story

It seems like everyone I know has been going through some stressful times lately, myself included. When I’m feeling sad, pictures of puppies tend to cheer me up, as well as some uplifting stories. If an uplifting story is what you need, I’ve got one for you!

When a transgender member (Donnie Collins) of a fraternity in Boston required top surgery, the brothers decided to band together and raise the funds on the website indiegogo. The brothers haven’t listed their fraternity, and explain “We are doing this as individuals in an organization rallying around another individual. This endeavor is not being sponsored by the organization as a whole, rather the active members within it.” 

Originally, Donnie Collins’s insurance denied the surgery. I think this story would have had a happy ending if the fraternity just raised the funds – but there was more. Not only did they raise enough money and then some (to the tune of $21,308 total), but then it was realized that the insurance company did cover top surgery. Collins only needs to pay the co-pay, and it has been confirmed with the surgeons office that it is covered!

Once the fraternity realized that they basically had $20,000 sitting in an account, they still wanted to do something positive with it. All of money raised was donated to the Jim Collins Foundation, which provides assistance for gender-confirming surgeries.

Just when I start to doubt if good things happen to good people, stories like this remind me that there is good in the world. I applaud this fraternity for giving a good name to the Greek system.

About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.