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Sep 19 2013

Help a trans student in South Carolina

rukiaAs a member of the SSA at USC, I had the opportunity to meet and get to know Rukia Brooks, a trans student at USC who is a passionate member of the atheist and progressive movements.  Rukia was born with a different name, which she’d like to be able to change legally to reflect her identity.  She’d like her IDs and her diploma to accurately reflect her identity.  Unfortunately, it costs money.

  • Required fees for the actual name change:
    ● Filing fee $150.00

    ● Fingerprints $10.00

    ● SLED check $25.00

    ● DSS check $8.00

    ● Student ID $35.00

  • Any extra money will go towards any other necessary legal fees, new social security card, and/or eventual driver’s license.
  • We were hoping to get her a new birth certificate, but South Carolina does not reissue birth certificates to trans individuals. :(
  • Excess money will be donated to organizations of Rukia’s choosing (we have the Harriet Hancock Center here in Columbia, which is a wonderful place for the LGBT people, for example)

If you have even a couple dollars to help her out, feel free to go donate, and if you don’t, feel free to spread the word.

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  1. 1
    elly

    Donated.

  2. 2
    Onamission5

    Permission to repost on the A+ forum for signal boosting?

  3. 3
    Ashley F. Miller

    Everyone always has permission to repost anything of mine. The good news is that she has met her funding goal, just FYI.

  4. 4
    Onamission5

    Oh yay, that is good to hear! Well, if she is in need of any additional funding, just give a nod and I’ll spread the word.

  5. 5
    RainbowSlushie^.^

    This is very good Ashley, thanks for helping her out with this =)

    I remember when I lived in SC like eight years ago, but I had a trad catholic family and we were in a cult on top of that. I had to wait until I got up to Massachussets before I even considered transitioning seriously, as, given where I was at in life, I basically had no support system at all to transition, and SC is actually one of the worse places to attempt to do so.

    It’s very good you are so supportive of her and helpful, also, she’s cute! :+)

  6. 6
    Rukia

    I should actually thank you on your blog! <3 Thanks Ashley!

  7. 7
    Gayle Manaois

    Very good write-up. I definitely love this website. Continue the good work!|

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