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Teen Launches Fundraiser To Go To Trans-Friendly School

Teen Launches Fundraiser To Go To Trans-Friendly School


A 14-year-old transgender teen has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money so he can go to a trans-affirming boarding school.

Asher has launched an Indieagogo campaign to raise money toward his tuition fees so that he can go to the trans-friendly Arthur Morgan School, a Quaker boarding school in North Carolina.

In the video below Asher is talking about how he feels he’s been lucky to have been raised by an accepting single mother, but how he feels his previous school would not support him if he came out and how vital it is that he learns in an environment where he can be open about who he is:

Arthur Morgan School heard about Asher’s campaign and reportedly offered him a larger scholarship of $10,000. He must raise a total of $25,000 for his annual tuition. With some of that money already in place Asher has, at the time of writing, raised $7,050 of his $13,000 goal.

Writes Asher on his Indieagogo page:

Any help you can offer me will make a huge difference in my life. These are important years, for me and the whole world. Going to middle school in a healthy environment surrounded by people who accept me for who I am will not only give me a better life next year, but will also influence who I become in the world. Thanks for reading this, and I totally appreciate whatever you feel inspired to contribute.

You can keep up with Asher’s Indieagogo campaign and learn more about it here.

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10:35PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

But, they didn't give him a full scholarship. That was what I was asking about. If they were serious about having him as a student, given his circumstances...don't you think they would offered a full scholarship?

8:53PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

@ Sharon H.

Quoted from the article, "Arthur Morgan School heard about Asher’s campaign and reportedly offered him a larger scholarship of $10,000."

5:18PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012


4:49PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Is he transing from male to female or female to male? He never did say. I too got the impression he was more interested in the school for it's academic value rather than they are more accepting of him being a tran. I wonder if that school offers scholarships. If they do, maybe he could apply for one.

3:59PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

I don't think his transgender issues are going to be the onlly ones for him to face in life. Yes it is a big thing but he indicates that he looks down upoin the public system because of the way teachers teach. There are a lot of kids that are GLTB who live and learn in the public systems. There are also other kids who come from, don't care, homes and nobody does anything. Child abuse is on the rise, divorce, parental drug abuse. I am NOT anti-gltb whihc you can see from previous posts but to me it sounds as if this boy expects the whole world to change for him. Not for his tranny issues, yes that must be hard. But because he doesn't believe in the way things are being taught yad yada yada. I wish him well but I would not support his cause.

3:45PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

John M., you people really hate Science don't you???

3:24PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

John B.

Unfortunately it is a waste of time addressing any remarks to John M. As he always repeats the same mantra on any similar topic. He is fixated on phenotype, and does not appear to have any understanding of gender dysphoria.

1:55PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012


1:44PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Good luck, Asher!

12:14PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Asher is and will be an important human being for the world.
What a wonderful story

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