Born Intersex Ashley's Reconstructive Vaginal Surgery.
- By: Ashly Pretoruis
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/ashleys-gender-reassignment-surgery
My name is Ashley Pretorius I'm 35 years old from Richard's Bay.
I was born Intersex (Both Genitals). At birth I was assigned “Male” as my gender, a label I would spend my life trying to live up to. I always felt as if there was something wrong with me. As a boy, the reflection in the mirror staring back at me was someone I couldn’t relate to. It always seemed that the person I was seeing was someone else.
Boys are taught to play with cars and to play in the dirt, but I preferred make up and barbies much more.
My parents could see my obsession with dress-up was more than just common curiosity.
At 22 I was diagnosed as Gender Disphoria: I was trapped in a body that didn’t belong to me.
My battle with my identity would follow me down high school corridors, where I was bullied for being "too feminine." It would lead me to attempt suicide more times than I'd like to admit. It would prevent me from finishing school and finding a job to support myself..So i created work for myself as a self employed artist.
After years of fighting my identity and trying to fit into society’s mould for me, I learned to embrace myself and start living has the woman I was born to be.
I started hormone replacement therapy and applied for Gender Reassignment Surgery in Thailand.
This is the road that has lead me to crowdfunding. I’m hoping to raise a total of R200 000 for the procedure that will allow me to become the woman I was born to be.
Your donations, however small, will cement my journey towards self-acceptance.
With this campaign I want to empower other transgender individuals to step out and share their stories with the world, so they too can be free and be their best selves.Gender Disphoria is not a choice.
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