Emerson College fraternity raises money for trans brother

The brothers of Emerson College’s Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Tau in Boston are helping out one of their own in a big way: by raising money for his surgery. Phi Alpha Tau brother Benjamin Lindsay wrote about helping their trans brother Donnie Collins in a piece posted on Out.com.

Donnie, who pledged to Phi Alpha Tau earlier this school year, came out as transgender while attending a boarding school in Windsor, Conn., when he was 17. Because of lack of coverage on his mother's insurance, Donnie has had to pay most for most of his transition-related expenses out of his own pocket.

Though Donnie is now on Emerson College's insurance policy, the policy is still trans-exclusionary. His petition for a trans-inclusive policy was denied by the college's insurance plan, and his personal Chipin fund will cease when the crowd-funding site shuts down next month. That's why his fraternity brothers have stepped in and set up an Indiegogo fund to help Donnie out. Watch them talk about it here:

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And Check out Donnie's thank you message:

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You can donate to the fund here.

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