I’m a big believer in supporting our LGBT community members in times of need. This is one of those times.
My friend Elliot is transgender, but this isn’t about a top surgery fund.
Last November, he was diagnosed with a congenital spinal defect that has been causing him severe back pain, nerve damage, leg weakness, and more. An avid pet lover (with a dog and two cats of his own), Elliot had to go on leave from his job at an East Bay humane society facility a few weeks back.
THANKFULLY, I was just told he was finally scheduled to have his back surgery next week (initially he’d been told it could take up to 3 months to get off the waitlist).
The problem? Recovery time takes awhile, and he’s without substantial income from now until he can return to work.
If you’ve ever gone through a stressful time in your life and you have pets, you probably know just how wonderful it is to have company around that loves you unconditionally. Yet due to his financial situation, Elliot has the added stress of thinking he may need to give up his animals in order to simply pay his rent and food in the coming months.
Elliot rescued Gideon (AKA Giddy!) when she was just a pup.
Turtle and Dill have been in Elliot’s life for the past 8 years.
Please, please donate if you’re able to help him out. Please share on Facebook, Twitter, or here on Tumblr if you can’t spare money. I know some of you have a lot more followers than I do, and spreading this far and wide is the best way I know to help my bud out.
Elliot has been a wonderful friend and advocate for me as I myself have been transitioning and coming out to family members these past few months. He’s sweet, caring, and a fellow Midwesterner (you’d know in an instant if you overheard us you betcha-ing in passing conversation). I hate to see him going through unnecessary stress about his finances and beloved pets with a surgery now upcoming.
Donations can be made HERE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ping me in the ask box.
Thank you in advance!
P.S. I’m sure he’d also love to receive comments and well wishes on his donation page, whether or not you’re able to send funds yourself. :)