A woman named Chelsie René is soliciting donations online to help her transition from gay to straight.
According to her GoFundMe page (titled “Journey: She loved her, chose Him”), she discusses how she was something of a butch lesbian until she found Jesus, at which point she decided to become a high-femme hetero.
In the page – clearly inspired by OITNB Boo’s plot line – she writes:
This was a choice of my own, not pressured by anyone else. I’m learning to walk in this new lifestyle day by day. I have to say, I’m falling in love with myself more every step I take.”
Over a photo of her enviable sneaker collection, she states:
It’s been one week, therefore I do still have a closet full of everything I have accumulated over many years to hide who I was… as far as my boy clothing, shoes, cologne, hats, etc. I aspire to donate every single piece to young individuals in need more then me.”
She goes on to discuss the reasons for looking for funding – it costs to be straight – no seriously
But, let me assure you, this straight journey is nowhere near cheap. Right now I am humbly asking for any help at all to contribute towards the necessities of embracing this feminine side of me. If able, I aspire to travel across country and share my testimony. Anything helps, prayer is beyond appreciated if nothing else. Thank you so much in advance for all of your positive support. God bless!!”
Surprisingly enough, some commenters are skeptical of her desire to shop her way to straightness. Here are a few:
Yard selling and eBay should of been a first thought to getting money. If you could afford all of those sneakers, you could definitely afford some heels or flats or whatever. I’m all for supporting people and their journey but this….. Hope you find peace in whatever journey you venture on.”
Another post reads
You were never gay in the first place. I’m a lesbian and I’m very girly. I’ve never worn cargos or plaid in my life or any other ‘gay clothes’ if you want to label it that way. Money and clothes will not make you straight. Nothing can make a gay person straight just like nothing can make a straight person gay.”
You’re a disgrace to the lgbtq community. I’m all for loving who you love, but you are just trying to get money from religious people thinking they are converting you. You are making it seem like this is a choice. You are bisexual, that is fine. But the message you are sending is not. For many it is not a choice.”
Words of sanity…
What??? Why don’t you sell all those sneaker and clothes to get money instead of asking for handouts to “stay straight”. Which is bullshit. Money is going to make you stay straight? What the fuck is this! You gotta be kidding me. Hate go fund me because of stuff like this. And you shopping at MAC with your free money. COME ON PEOPLE PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE BEFORE GIVING YOUR MONEY YOU WORKED HARD FOR TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO NOT WORK AT ALL!!!
She has amassed $400 in donations over the past four days.