Fraternity sex change became a top trending topic on search engines today after CNN News reported this Wednesday, Feb. 27, that Donnie Collins’ experience from a female to a male identity goes on this week, with the help and support from a college fraternity that helped bring in thousands of dollars for his sex-change surgery.
Donnie Collins, a 20-year-old student at Emerson College in Boston, discovered after he joined the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity that his insurance would not be covering surgery he needed to remove unwanted breast tissue to achieve a flatter chest.
The Phi Alpha Tau brothers — working against the frat stereotype in many ways, added the report — decided to raise money to collect the over $8,000 that Collins needed for the surgery.
"We see Donnie as a brother and we want to support him in this," stated Phi Alpha Tau Chapter President John Allen. "We are here less to raise money, and more to tell a story ... of transformation, and a story of self-discovery, and the story of brotherhood.”
The outpouring of financial support far exceeded expectations, as the online campaign raised nearly $16,000, almost double that of their initial goal. The leftover money will be given to an organization that helps fund “gender surgeries for transgender people.”
The fraternity sex change headline began sweeping the internet at not only the frat’s support of their transgender brother, but the entire Emerson campus, which has reportedly been supportive of Donnie Collins and her journey toward becoming a male, said the college’s Greek school supervisor Jason Meier. A truly heartwarming story.