The Phi Alpha Tau brothers at Boston's Emerson College are raising money to help a prospective member pay for his gender reassignment surgery. Be still, my cold, frat boy-skeptical heart.
[Donnie] Collins now has a college health insurance policy through Emerson, a policy, like so many others, that is trans-exclusionary. It is common practice for insurance companies to deem female-to-male breast augmentation-or top surgery-as a cosmetic plastic surgery rather than a necessity. So Collins has been raising money for the procedure for months, but it seemed that one door after another would close in his face. His petition for a trans-inclusive policy was recently denied by the college's insurance plan, and his personal Chipin fund will cease when the crowd-funding site shuts down next month.
In a time when his options were running out, Collins's brothers in Phi Alpha Tau have rallied together to cover some of the surgery's cost. Find their indiegogo fund here: Brothers of A Boston Fraternity - FTM: Top Surgery. The brothers' fund has already surpassed the $2,000 they initially hoped to donate, but now they're looking to cover even more of the procedure's $8,100 cost.
Most frats haze wannabe brothers by making them chug live goldfish and vomit, so the fact that Phi Alpha Tau is using its institutional cred to support Collins is beyond heartwarming. This is what brotherhood really looks like.