The students at Emerson College decided they really wanted to show fellow student Donnie Collins their support, and ultimately a fraternity sex change fundraiser nearly doubled the intended goal. Donnie Collins is working toward a transition from female to male, and his insurance company declined coverage for a procedure he planned. CNN reported on Feb. 27 that the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity took matters into their own hands and ended up with stunning results.
The members of Phi Alpha Tau launched an Indiegogo.com page, and the fraternity sex change fundraiser efforts brought in almost $16,000. The president of the Emerson College chapter of Phi Alpha Tau, John Allen, said that they see Donnie Collins as a brother and they wanted to do what they could to help him. Collins shares that is he is overwhelmed and surprised by the support.
It seems the entire campus, located in Boston, Mass., has been supportive of Donnie and Collins is not the first transgender member of Phi Alpha Tau. Collins' procedure to remove breast tissue to flatten his breast had an estimated $8,100 cost, and now thanks to the fraternity sex change fundraiser, Donnie can move forward. The remaining funds will go to the Jim Collins Foundation, a group which helps transgender people fund their surgeries.