Max's Top Surgery
Organized by: Max Matthews
Miles Max Davis-Matthews is a seventeen year old transgender male from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. Miles is not your average high school student, however. In addition to being the co-captain of both his school’s debate team and Amnesty International club, he takes two extra after school classes that don’t let him leave school until 7pm on select nights through the week. If that wasn’t enough, Miles is also a member of the Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory, advising the Smithsonian’s Secretary, Dr. David Skorton, on what he should be doing to make museums more accessible and fun for teenagers and an intern at the National Museum of American History, pursing his dream to be a cultural anthropologist and explore the many different cultures this world holds.
With all of these activities in school, you’d think he’d stop there, but not quite. Miles is currently in the process of setting up an organization for LGBTQIA youth and young adults to encourage community and offer resources to those that need them. He volunteers locally with groups like Smyal and runs a transition blog to give other transmen an idea of what to expect as they transition. Miles is also fighting his school on getting a GSA running and is pushing for gender-neutral single bathrooms to be installed with the new renovations.
Being that he’s only seventeen and has so many different activities on his plate already, Miles does not have a lot of time or money right now to get the thing he needs most, that is, top surgery, which is the removal of the female chest and the restructuring of the chest to match his gender identity. Every day, Miles experiences something called dysphoria, which is basically a disconnect between the body and mind because the body doesn’t match the mind. It causes him to become depressed and anxious and greatly effects his ability to function on many days. Getting top surgery is something that would make his dysphoria decrease exponentially and overall improve his quality of life. He could finally feel comfortable in his own body and continue the work that he is so diligently trying to maintain.
Max Miles Matthews is my best friend and companion in which I can count on with anything. He's been by side for the past three years. He has impacted my life in many ways, always pushing me to be the better self he knows I can be even when I don't believe so myself.He has come a long way in discovering his true gender identity and embracing it but just like one does not feel comfortable in a pair of tight jeans, he does not fully feel comfortable in his own skin. With this fundraiser, he will be able to feel comfortable in his body and come to peaceful terms with his inner doubts over who he is but thinks he can't be.He deserves to be happy as everyone else should and this is the first step to a new chapter, new beginning in his life that won't only impact those around him but himself. I won't gain anything from this but what I do gain is seeing my best friend's finally smile and feeling like he's finally found that missing piece he has been searching for. And I want to be part of that journey.