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Help Siv Feel At Home In Their Body

Help Siv Feel At Home In Their Body

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Hi! I'm Siv. You may know me from online spaces or even from a lecture classroom. I get around ;) I'm a 23-year-old artist, activist, academic working from Cape Town. My work focuses on emphasising the possibility of a world where we are liberated, fed, housed, held, and happy. When all else fails all we have is Hope and Each Other.

Growing up queer wasn't easy. Since a young age, I knew I wasn't a girl.. but everyone around me was convinced of otherwise and always tried to force me into dresses and heels. Because of this, I spent many years thinking there was something 'wrong' with me and that I would never find myself in the world. It was lonely and terrifying. Until I found more people like me who knew better words for explaining our existence and who could join me in my journey in becoming my true self.

Finding fellow queer people saved my life. Because of them, I didn't think my life was pointless, worthless, or doomed. Finding people like me gave me hope. Not only that, but it gave me a language. Words like "transgender" and even the word "queer". Fellow queer people gave me words that made my experiences feel even more real.

But, even after finding community and learning the value of embracing myself (no matter how queer I am), one thing remains 'wrong': my body. I just don't feel at home in it. I look in the mirror and wish I could just wave a wand and make my breasts go away. I remember reaching puberty and being frustrated at my growing chest. Even now, I sit hunched in the hopes that nobody will notice. And even with binders (or super tight sports bras) and baggy tops, people still look at my chest and think "girl". Do you know how awful it is to have people think of you as something that you are not?

Top surgery seems to be the best way forward for me. And without the help of medical aid (which in South Africa, doesn't cover this kind of surgery) I am having to rely on my community and people beyond to help me make this body a place I can call "home".

Being able to go ahead with top surgery (or breast removal, as my doctor sometimes says) will literally change my life. As we stand, I am lucky to be able to do my activist/artistic/academic work without completely crumbling into myself at all times. Having a body that feels out of sync with who I make it so hard to feel worthy, to feel seen, to feel as if my truth matters... More than anything, top surgery will give me a sense of pride, confidence, deep internal happiness, and calm. I won't have to worry as much about what I wear or how I walk or how I talk ... I can just be. Just be me and just be free. Imagine that?

As per my consultation with my AWESOME doctor, the funds raised via this campaign will confer the surgery AND more! The fee given to me will cover the surgeon's fee, the assistant's fee, equipment and facility fees, all materials used in the procedure AND all routine follow-up.

Funds raised will be paid directly into the relevant institution...

 

[WATCH] Transgender non-binary person, Siv, crowdfunds to ‘feel at home’ in their body.

Donations

  • Apr 13, 2021 - R 24.00
  • "

    Bella

    " - Snapscan

  • Apr 09, 2021 - USD $ 3.44
  • "Wishing you all the best on your journey. " - Lauren Fonto

  • Apr 09, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "congratulations!!!! " - Alex Ross

  • Apr 08, 2021 - USD $ 6.88
  • "Best of luck!" - Tyler Farghly

  • Apr 08, 2021 - USD $ 15.00
  • "xxxxx" - Jon

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 2 627.88
  • "

    So proud of you baba. I thank God for the blessing that is you.

    " - Mom

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "

    What an incredible affirmation of love. Incredibly grateful to be in community with you Siv and I'm excited for this life to come. Cheers to committing to making that life ours and brilliant

    " - Kim M Reynolds

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "From one enby to another: you deserve everything " - Jabulile

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 24.00
  • "What will you tell your 24-year-old self? :)" - Bella

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Fadiyah Rabin

    " - Snapscan

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    LPJ

    " - Snapscan

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    Danielle Alheit

    " - Snapscan

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "

    Duncan Greyling

    " - Snapscan

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    Buyelwa Xundu

    " - Snapscan

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 600.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "All the best " - Phumelele

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Do you boo boo x

    " - Khay

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Good luck Siv. I hope all goes well for you.

    " - Lindsay

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • " My little one. I literally cannot imagine (or remember) my life without your warmth, kindness, wisdom and wit in it. You are loved. I love you." - Vuvu Sigodi

  • Apr 06, 2021 - USD $ 207.00
  • "much love from Canada!" - jes

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing all the best and strength to you in this next part of your journey!" - Charlie Ferguson

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "From a sunflower tatt bought by Carley !" - Neo

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Sending love and luck for this journey ! <3" - Christina Meinert

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "With love! " - D

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "so close! " - Imke

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Wishing you only happiness " - Lucinda

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "I love you " - Lungi Lallie

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "With love " - Robyn Jade Perils

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You are incredible <3" - Tony Southgate

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "All the best from the Durban Girls College Sakhizwe Transformation Chairperson - Andisiwe Stofile" - Andiswe Stofile Durban Girls College

  • Apr 05, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck, friend! I hope you are doing well and that this will help you feel even better!" - Kelly Anne

  • Apr 05, 2021 - USD $ 36.00
  • "I wish you many good things on your journey" - Jeanne

  • Apr 05, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "You are such an awesome soul here's to living your truth to the fullest z" - Toya

  • Apr 04, 2021 - R 3 000.00
  • "Yeet those teets kiddo!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 42.00
  • "To a friend and colleague." - Miriam A. H. Pedersen

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Stay shining " - Inga

  • Apr 02, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "We shouldn’t have to feel like prisoners in our own body" - Ntokozo

  • Apr 02, 2021 - USD $ 15.13
  • "here’s to you feeling at home in your body! " - Ceci

  • Apr 02, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Much love from a stranger <3" - Camila Pose

  • Apr 02, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You deserve all the beautiful things " - Andy

  • Apr 02, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Sending you lots of love on this journey " - Zhea Jordaan

  • Apr 02, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "My small contribution with love <3" - Ilz

  • Apr 01, 2021 - USD $ 13.52
  • "Good luck and much happiness <3" - Paula

  • Apr 01, 2021 - USD $ 23.00
  • "A small donation to help you reach your truest and happiest self! Good luck Siv <3" - Ilaria

  • Apr 01, 2021 - USD $ 137.60
  • "Good luck! You deserve so much happiness xx " - Seham

  • Apr 01, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "I hope you find and receive all that you are searching for in this not-so-ideal world. " - Simona Mazza

  • Apr 01, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "So happy for you!" - Lebogang Rxx

  • Apr 01, 2021 - USD $ 6.76
  • "Keep following your heart " - Brandon

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Your joy matters" - jane

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "What a gift it is to contribute to your homecoming. I can't wait to see you exactly how you want us to. x " - Kabura

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 8.00
  • "Sending you love and wishing you the best. You deserve to feel comfortable in your vessel!" - Lili Gutierrez

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 40.16
  • "You deserve a safe a land fufilling" - T

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 6.81
  • "Sending you all the love !! " - Angel white

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 24.76
  • "sending love!!" - amy

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 12.05
  • "All the best x" - Anonymous

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "You’re amazing!" - MC

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "Happy day of trans visibility and a little token of giving in the spirit of Mabon ️" - Gabi

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 5.00
  • "good luck!" - anonymous

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 33.47
  • "Hope this happens for you! <3" - Maggie

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 24.76
  • "Good luck on your journey!" - Emma

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 6.69
  • "Best wishes to you Siv from a faraway stranger." - Jack

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "All the best on your journey and surgery, you deserve only the best in life xoxo" - Kimber

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You deserve the world!" - Sohela

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "To your forever home" - Sandile

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "All the best" - Anonymous

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Be you!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "So excited for you! My little nudge for you! All the best" - Neo

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 13.39
  • "Will always look up to you" - Jen

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "

    You deserve everything you wish for in this world

    " - Zintle

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 150.00
  • "

    All my love to you and your lovely cat! :)

    " - Holly

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Sending you love!

    " - Kristen Harmse

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Wishing you well on your journey!

    " - Slomans

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    You deserve this

    " - Chloé

  • Mar 31, 2021 - USD $ 3.35
  • "I hope your reach your goal and the surgery goes well." - Anonymous

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "you deserve so much <3" - bobbi

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Everyone deserves to be seen as they are. " - Corli

  • Mar 30, 2021 - USD $ 4.67
  • "I hope this helps!! Good luck xx" - Chloe Longman

  • Mar 30, 2021 - USD $ 66.60
  • "Lots of love " - Libby

  • Mar 30, 2021 - USD $ 16.65
  • "Adore who you are unapologetically. " - Dean Hutton

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Operation Teetus Deletus let’s gooo!! From one queer person to another, I’m rooting for you, I’m happy for you, I see you, I love you! " - Nthati Mabena

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you all the best in this new journey x" - Anonymous

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Ich Bin Siv" - Asta

  • Mar 30, 2021 - USD $ 6.92
  • "I am so happy for you! " - Morgan Barr

  • Mar 30, 2021 - USD $ 13.32
  • "You inspire me! " - Mailies

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Proud of you!" - Sindi

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "<3" - Keely

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "All the best" - Neo

  • Mar 30, 2021 - USD $ 8.31
  • "stranger to stranger, hope this happens for you " - Maya Estelle

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Siv" - Nosipho

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for your spirit" - Sechaba

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Love you" - Thando

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 1 500.00
  • "

    Your self love is inspirational- thank you

    " - Phuza

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    You’ve got this! Xx

    " - Anonymous

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Love you Siv. Wishing you nothing but the best on this journey.

    " - Suhail

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "

    so much love for you, siv. you deserve this affirmation and you deserve to love and find comfort in your body wholly. xxx

    " - Chloe D

  • Mar 30, 2021 - USD $ 19.98
  • "The only Siv I acknowledge is Greyson! Still, forever. Proud of you, baby. Can't wait to see you flaunt ya chest! Love you xo" - Cindy

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "All the best!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 33.31
  • "Sending support from London. Brian x" - Brian Oosthuizen

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 100.03
  • "Can’t wait to reconnect with you somewhere in the world! XOXOXO" - Signore Steven

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 20.77
  • "Love you " - Nigel Patel

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Go get em Prof! " - Thando Shabalala

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Hey Siv, I am so excited to watch you on the next stage of your journey. Love and support you always xxx" - Leya

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Love to see it, Siv! Xxx" - Gabe

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 6.66
  • "Good luck! " - Fiona Berry

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "So happy that you're reaching for a place of calm and home!" - Küra

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 20.00
  • "All the best!!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 69.24
  • "teetus deletus here we come! so so so very excited for you and so very proud of you. I love you!" - T

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Got mine off last year - excited for you! " - Noa.

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 33.31
  • "Psyched for you!" - Allie

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "So grateful to be able to contribute! Wishing you health, wishing you happiness, wishing you love and wishing you the biggest of blessings all in abundance! " - Solyle Frankle

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "sending love and support <3" - Romy

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you all the best on this journey. " - Ashly

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sincere congratulations on your starting this journey. Happy to help out a rad human in this small way x " - Caroline

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 25.00
  • "May you forever be surrounded by love, support, encouragement and high quality hugs. " - Twig

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "I (cis fem) recently had breast reduction surgery. It was the most freeing experience of my life, so I can't even begin to imagine what this could mean for you. Sending you love and luck. x" - Alexa Mönnig

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Rooting for you <3" - Anon

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 20.67
  • "Wishing you the best for your surgery! <3" - Alexandra Haines

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Dearest Siv, I wish you all of the best for your surgery and recovery! Cheers to feeling at home in your body!" - Sasha Tinello

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 6.89
  • "I’m so excited for you Siv! " - Harry

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "You got this! And we got you! <3" - B

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Follow your joy!!!" - Linda

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "I was incredibly moved by this and like every other humanbeing, you deserve to the comfortable in your body. I hope everything goes successfully. Siya" - Siya Mnyanda

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 100.13
  • "Good luck!" - Adri

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 58.91
  • "all the best! <3" - Anonymous

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 15.00
  • "We all deserve to feel at home in our bodies" - Taylor Davis

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 33.31
  • "All the best with the surgery! Sending you positive vibes from Australia" - Zama Mcloughlin

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "You deserve to feel at home in your body, proud of you" - Whitney

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 150.00
  • "So much love to you" - Gina

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 66.62
  • "All the best!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 289.24
  • "With love " - Ziyanda

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Supporting you always! " - Caroline

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "<3" - Emihle

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 50.00
  • ":) proud of you" - Vuyo

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending you so, so much love " - Meghan

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 688.98
  • "with so much love!" - anon.

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 23.32
  • "Sending love and support <3" - Renée

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Everyone deserves to feel at home in their body. Hope this helps. " - Nish

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "All the best and hope you get all you need asap!!" - Nomsa

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Sending lots of love xx" - Ana

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 6.66
  • "xxx" - Anonymous

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 33.31
  • "to a generous, kind, beautiful soul" - anish

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 13.78
  • "xxx" - kt

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 16.66
  • "congratulations on taking the leap! wishing you all the best " - L

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 3.33
  • "Sorry it's such a small donation, it's all I can afford atm, but wishing you so much luck and love on this journey! " - Kate

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "All the best :)" - Anonymous

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 20.65
  • "you got this, pal x" - Pan Hollingworth

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Go get it Siv!" - Naledi K

  • Mar 28, 2021 - USD $ 166.56
  • "Cheering you on! x " - Anonymous

  • Feb 26, 2021 - R 212.00
  • "I believe in you. I will always be here for you. Know that. — xx SG" - Anonymous

  • Nov 17, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "I believe in you. I will always be here for you. Know that. — xx SG" - Anonymous

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Hi! I'm Siv. You may know me from online spaces or even from a lecture classroom. I get around ;) I'm a 22-year-old artist, activist, academic working from Cape Town. My work focuses on emphasising the possibility of a world where we are liberated, fed, housed, held, and happy. When all else fails all we have is Hope and Each Other.

Growing up queer wasn't easy. Since a young age, I knew I wasn't a girl.. but everyone around me was convinced of otherwise and always tried to force me into dresses and heels. Because of this, I spent many years thinking there was something 'wrong' with me and that I would never find myself in the world. It was lonely and terrifying. Until I found more people like me who knew better words for explaining our existence and who could join me in my journey in becoming my true self.

Finding fellow queer people saved my life. Because of them, I didn't think my life was pointless, worthless, or doomed. Finding people like me gave me hope. Not only that, but it gave me a language. Words like "transgender" and even the word "queer". Fellow queer people gave me words that made my experiences feel even more real.

But, even after finding community and learning the value of embracing myself (no matter how queer I am), one thing remains 'wrong': my body. I just don't feel at home in it. I look in the mirror and wish I could just wave a wand and make my breasts go away. I remember reaching puberty and being frustrated at my growing chest. Even now, I sit hunched in the hopes that nobody will notice. And even with binders (or super tight sports bras) and baggy tops, people still look at my chest and think "girl". Do you know how awful it is to have people think of you as something that you are not?

Top surgery seems to be the best way forward for me. And without the help of medical aid (which in South Africa, doesn't cover this kind of surgery) I am having to rely on my community and people beyond to help me make this body a place I can call "home".

Being able to go ahead with top surgery (or breast removal, as my doctor sometimes says) will literally change my life. As we stand, I am lucky to be able to do my activist/artistic/academic work without completely crumbling into myself at all times. Having a body that feels out of sync with who I make it so hard to feel worthy, to feel seen, to feel as if my truth matters... More than anything, top surgery will give me a sense of pride, confidence, deep internal happiness, and calm. I won't have to worry as much about what I wear or how I walk or how I talk ... I can just be. Just be me and just be free. Imagine that?

As per my consultation with my AWESOME doctor, the funds raised via this campaign will confer the surgery AND more! The fee given to me will cover the surgeon's fee, the assistant's fee, equipment and facility fees, all materials used in the procedure AND all routine follow-up.

Funds raised will be paid directly into the relevant institution...