As Marilyn Monroe once famously said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
Unfortunately, although the young activist’s “fairy godmothers” have helped pull together the perfect Oscars outfit, there’s still something missing, Manolo.
Brinton, who identifies as genderfluid and non-monosexual, recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds to purchase a pair of fabulous stilettos to finish the look.
“I know, this seems ridiculous, but I desperately want to walk that red carpet feeling complete,” Brinton writes. “My high heels are part of my story. It hearkens to standing above the horrific experiences of conversion therapy. It hearkens to rising in power and strength.”
“I am working to get a designer to donate or lend a pair of heels for the night, but thus far, they haven’t been ready for a boy in stilettos. As far as I can see, this will be the first time a ’boy’ wears stilettos to the Oscars. Help me make history.”
“Each day I do all I can to save the lives of LGBTQ youth,” Brinton continues, “and on Sunday I absolutely dream of being that someone that a child sees on their television screen and knows that their gender is not only valid but celebrated. As one mentor said, ’these heels will save lives in their own magical way.'”
Excess funds raised will be donated to the Trevor Project.
Brinton wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in January about surviving gay conversion therapy.