Trans Man Gets Real About Top Surgery Saying That Reconstructive Procedures are a Privilege

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A trans man has spoken out about the price of top surgery and society’s expectation for people to look a certain way…

Now as we know, violence against trans people is rife here in America…

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It’s a devastating fact that 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year on record for gender diverse people in the U.S. with twenty-nine people killed due to their sexual orientation or gender identity this year alone.

Back in 2020, which before this year had the highest killing rates, thirteen murders had been reported, as per the Human Rights Campaign.

And it’s no lie that surgery to make trans people appeal to society’s idea of what the male or female image should look like helps keep people safe in these unsettling times.

However, these MTF/N (male to female/nonbinary) and FTM/N (female to male/nonbinary) gender affirming surgeries don’t come cheap…

And one TikToker Adonis Zeigler, has opened up about the struggles a lot of trans people in America have to go through due to the cost of top surgery being so unaffordable…

His candid response to a commenter has since gone viral, with many TikTokers supporting him and his honest reply…

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In his now-viral video, which has gained over 5 million views, Zeigler adressed a comment asking: “Why did you choose to keep them?”

“I didn’t,” he responded. “I’m only 19. I’m poor, from a poor family, unemployed, with state insurance. Not every transmasc person gets lucky with privileged parents, supportive networks, or lucrative businesses to get top surgery young.”

The nineteen-year-old first noticed a disconnect from his body aged 9, but only learned it was dysphoria he was feeling when he turned twelve…

As per Buzzfeed, Adonis said: “I fought my father for years to obtain hormones until I was 15. My mother supported me from the jump, but he was against it for a variety of reasons and only let me continue transitioning once he realized how bad I was getting mentally. Not even years of therapy… was stopping my self-destructive tendencies and worsening grades.”

Luckily Adonis’ father was able to cover the costs of his hormone treatments until he was 17, thanks to his insurance, but sadly he lost his job and was unable to pay out for any further treatments…

“I personally don’t have help,” he said. “I have been saving since I was able to start working when I was 17 but repeated emergencies such as car repairs and sudden moves have taken what I have earned.”

“When it comes to access to gender-affirming surgeries, I really wish people would consider the individual and their circumstances,” he continued.

“Aside from financial constraints for those that seek surgery, there are countless situations that make surgery necessary for not just their mental health but oftentimes their survival. 2021 has been a horrid year in trans homicide statistics and I have personal experience where, even binding in a plain work uniform, I’ve been outed and felt unsafe in my own workplace.”

“Every trans person has their own unique situation,” Adonis concluded.

“Some are fortunate enough to have access to what they need early and that makes me happy that their joy is the mainstream image of trans experiences. However, a lot of trans folks are not as fortunate and our struggles are not talked about because of that.”

He is incredibly brave for speaking out about a topic so important in society right now.