At 19 years old, Lexi Richardson came out as transgender to her father. A Navy SEAL with a penchant for being “very strict,” she said, he reacted with a swift, all-too-familiar response: Richardson had to go.
“He provided me with an ultimatum,” she said. “I could live at home or I could dress like a woman. So I said, BYE!”
Without a permanent home or the financial support of her parents, the salt in the wound, Richardson said, was the crushing reality that she may never be able to afford the gender-confirming surgery she longs for. In a last-ditch effort to change that, Richardson launched a GoFundMe campaign in 2012. “I need the surgery like I need air to breath,” she wrote in the description. Slowly, donations from more than 100 strangers began to trickle in…read full article at www.huffingtonpost.com