‘World’s gone mad’ Non-binary person begs strangers to fund gender surgery

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Pan Hollingworth identifies as non-binary, a term used to describe people who don’t feel they comfortably identify as a man or a woman. Pan wants life-changing gender reassignment surgery in the private sector and has created a website for strangers to donate. Surgery can cost up to £9,000. 

But the move has been met with a backlash as some Yorkshire Live readers feel Pan is being “selfish” and showing “cheek”.

One social media user posted: “Seriously, how selfish. All sorts going on in the world and [this is] all you care about.”

Another added: “The cheek of it all asking for money? Omfg the world’s gone mad.”

A third comment reads: “Its absolutely PATHETIC.”

Another states: “There are only two genders.”

But Pan, who came out as non-binary 10 years ago after previously identifying as genderqueer, has found a “disconnection” with either biological gender. 

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I just want to be comfortable in my own body and I’m sure everyone does. Sharing and donating is really the only way I can get there and I would be very grateful to anyone who can help

Pan Hollingworth

Pan, of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, said: “I was online quite a lot as a 16-year-old and I just came across this phrase.

“I came out as genderqueer first as I knew I wasn’t a girl but also that I wasn’t a boy.

“I thought ‘what does that mean to me’? and as I looked into it I found genderqueer and then non-binary and that fit.

“It was a relief and I was scared at first. It took a few years to come out to my parents but just knowing in myself that was what I am was fantastic.

“I just want to be comfortable in my own body and I’m sure everyone does. Sharing and donating is really the only way I can get there and I would be very grateful to anyone who can help.”

Pan, who has already raised more than £1,500, is hoping to have a double mastectomy or chest reconstruction surgery.

Pan claimed there is an “average wait time of three to five years just to get a first appointment” and Pan said they cannot wait that long to get treatment. So, they are looking at private care.

“It would be unbelievable if people could help and it would mean the absolute world,” Pan said.

“It is so important and there are tons of people that are creating GoFundMe pages and I’m just one of them.

“It’s massively important for people to get the health care they need, especially with the NHS underfunded and understaffed.

“I’ve heard horror stories from friends of friends that have had to wait a long time just for their first consultation and I cna’t wait another five years or more to get the health care I need.”

You can donate to Pan’s GoFundMe page here.

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