Transgenders So Desperate to Leave Florida They’re Using GoFundMe to Leave the State

Florida has seen a huge rise in it's population in recent years, but there may be a small population drop coming as some trans members of the LGBTQ+ community are desperately trying to leave. 

They're actually going so far as to beg for money through crowdfunding website like GoFundMe in order to financially fuel their move. 

This mass exodus is due to recent laws the state has passed which limits access to gender-affirming care for adults and bans it for minors.

From WEAR News

For Sage Chelf, the decision to leave hardly felt like a choice, but she didn’t have the funds to cover a move. The 30-year-old trans woman, who lives in the Orlando area, was nearly out of one medication when she found out the clinic that had been prescribing her hormone therapy was ending all treatment for trans patients.

“I don’t want to go back to the person that I was forced to be at the time,” Chelf said, of the years before she transitioned in 2021. “It was a very dark time in my life. I would rather just not be alive, I guess, then have to go back to living not trans.”

Chelf was among dozens who made an appeal for donations online, saying they needed help to leave Florida in anticipation of or in reaction to a law that took effect May 17. In addition to banning gender-affirming care for transgender minors, the law places new restrictions on adults seeking treatment.

The number of people seeking help online is a fraction of the 94,900 transgender adults estimated to live in Florida by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, which looked at state-level, population-based surveys. Many, if not most, will stay.


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