Hello, We are Donathan and Lukas, and we are desperately reaching out to you for help in our ambitious endeavour of striking out on our own together. Now, I know some of you don’t want to read a whole story, so this is a summary of our cause just to save you some time. We are both trapped in emotionally/physically unsafe and financially crippling “homes”, and desperately need to move into our own place within this up coming year, 2015. We need this help so that we can be free to live our own lives in a more emotionally healthy and stable environment, and continue on with our schooling, careers, and preferred life styles that we have begun to establish here. Our goal is to reach $40,000.00 within this year, but we understand that that’s a lot to ask for. We are high balling it, so that even if we do not make that much? We can still feel like we have somewhat of a financial leg to lean on while we continue to establish ourselves financially in this world. This money will go towards covering these things: 1.) General moving expenses; Boxes, gas for the cars, etc., 2.) Our first months rent along with the pet deposits for four small pets, and any down payments required for us to move in, 3.) Water and Electric turn on for the first month, 4.) Some groceries for that first month, 5.) Transportation expenses (Buses) so that we can get to and from work and school, 6.) The renters Insurance we might have to get, 7.) Any expenses that will cover switching our mailing addresses to the new place, 8.) To pay for trash pick up for that first month (if it’s not covered) until we are well enough established, 9.) For our cell phone bills because we won’t be getting cable or internet for those first few months, and 10.) Anything left will be saved for Emergency funds because anything can happen, and companies have a way of springing surprise expenses onto people. That covered, you can choose what you would like to do now or continue on to read our story. If you stop here, Thank you for reading this far! We highly appreciate it. Ok, so my story is this.. I “Megan”, Preferred Donathan, desperately need to re-home myself, and very, very soon. Come January of this coming year , that’s January 2015, what is left of my family; My mother and little brother, will be relocating to Georgia with her emotionally abusive, extremely sexist, and violently Transphobic/Homophobic soon to be Husband. I was given two options in this unfavorable situation.. The first would be for me to move with them and say goodbye to my Father, my Friends, My Boyfriend, but most importantly? My School, The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, that I have myself established in that will be getting me to and through college. The school that will and does allow me to keep my trans* rights and preferred name and pronouns. The School that I worked so hard to even get into and have gotten so far with. Or the second option, which was that I could choose to stay here with my friends, My father, and the prospect of a future that is ideal for me, one that I have been planning since freshman year, couch surfing between friends houses and family friends houses in order to finish out my last year of Highschool and go onto the college that my school will help me get to. But the catch is this.. If I do not have my own place, or at least live in a dorm by a time in the future that they have yet to even disclose to me? They will have me moved down there with them regardless. So I have chosen the later of those two options with the ambitious hope that I can get a place soon to avoid that catch. “Why?” “Surely it’s not that bad! Just suck it up.” I could, but living under the tyrannical rule of my soon to be step father, in a state that shares his views on “my kind” of person, with no solace to seek in friends and family who know and accept me, or a boyfriend who loves me, will surely harm me more than couch surfing and struggling to pay bills ever would. Point of example? As it stands now, I am restricted from eating more than what he deems necessary for me to have, and I can only have water to drink. Even then I am yelled at for “eating too much and wasting water.” My gender identity is under constant verbal and physical criticism. I am not allowed to be called by my preferred pronouns and name in front of him. He has verbally attacked a friend before for calling me Donathan while he was in ear shot, and I have been verbally attacked viciously for simply being who I am. This has gone on for almost 8 years now. I have even had food and other “privileges” withheld from me until I shaved my legs and wore feminine clothes. As for Lukas? His living situation is not ideal either. His family struggles to support three adults in a rental on a meager $700 bi weekly paycheck, and he feels that by him moving out it will help his family move into a cheaper place, and lower their expenses exponentially . So him moving out is more to help his family, and take the guilt of using their money off his shoulders and gain some emotional freedom. It’s much worse than just these things though, but I am already a paragraph or two into this, and I am sure that you get the jist by now as to why we absolutely need to move out soon, and why we desperately require your help and assistance to do so. If you can’t donate? That’s OK. Just share this somewhere and anywhere, signal boost if you can. Anything helps, and everything is appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for any help you can give us. We love, and appreciate you all! Thank you!
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