I’m a college sophomore at an Ivy League university, and I’m spending every last penny of my disposable income on tuition and housing. I’m not just ramen broke, I’m saltines and peanut butter broke. Some days I’m just saltines broke.
While being able to afford name brand peanut butter would be nice, that’s not what I’m really looking for. I need a plane ticket. Almost five years ago, I fell in love. I know, I know, I was only fifteen at the time, how could I possibly fall in love? Well, having hit my twenties, my feelings about this boy have only gotten stronger, and they don’t show any sign of changing anytime soon. This boy – I’ll call him Julian to protect his privacy – is one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met. Shy until you get to know him really well, overwhelmingly passionate about the things he loves, loyal and caring to a fault. I could go on and on. He goes to school several states away, so for the past couple of years, our relationship has mostly occurred over the phone and Skype. His birthday is coming up in September, and all he wants (and all I want!) is to see him in person. A round-trip plane ticket is about $350.
The thing is, I can’t ask my parents. They don’t approve of me being gay/trans, to put it mildly, and have threatened to kick me out of the house and pull me out of school more than once. When they found out I was dating Julian, they spent a good chunk of my college fund to send me to conversion therapy. Obviously, it didn’t work, although it did make paying for college a whole lot more difficult. I’m really, really far in the closet at home, and it’s not going to be safe for me to come out anytime soon.
Please, any amount of money you can donate helps. A dollar gets me that much closer to a plane ticket. I’m planning to pick up odd jobs the second I get back to campus, and I’m saving every cent of money that doesn’t go to paying for my education, but there’s only so much I can do before Julian’s birthday in September. Especially since I have about six bucks to my name right now. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to be able to hug him, and say “I love you” and “goodnight” in person for the first time in two years.
My Paypal link is paypal.me/gus312. Thank you, thank you, thank you.