Fraternity raises money for transgender brother's surgery
Frat brothers live together, party together and sometimes study together, and in this case, are uniting to raise funds for a brother in need.
Members of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity at Emerson College in Boston have banded together to raise more than $15,000 (as of Wednesday morning) to pay for a female-male transgender brother's sex confirmation surgery, BostInno, a Boston news website, reports.
Donnie Collins, 20, who was born female, says he doesn't like to refer to the procedure as a sex-change. The operation he's seeking — a "top surgery" — is similar to a mastectomy. His breast tissue will be removed so his chest will be flat, allowing him to walk around without wearing chest girdles or as many as five layers of clothing.
Collins came out as transgender while living in an all-female dorm at a Connecticut boarding school when he was 17. He told OUT that while his dorm mates at the school were kind, the experience of being placed with a gender he no longer associated with was jarring. Around the same time, he changed his name to Donnie. In 2011, Collins began hormone therapy to transition to a man.