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US: Pansexual college student fundraises tuition after being cut off by family

Katie Dupere July 15, 2014

A pansexual student at the University of Pittsburgh is crowdfunding her tuition expenses after being cut off by her family because of her sexual orientation.

Kate Koenig told HuffPost Live that she was cut off by her family after they found her online blog where she stated she was pansexual and dating a transgender man.

She says her first worry after being cut off was how she was going to pay for school. On her GoFundMe page, Koenig says she has search for loans without co-signers, but could not find one.

Koenig, who plans to study English, German, and history, plans to spend the upcoming fall semester at a community college due to her current inability to cover tuition at the University of Pittsburgh.

She is currently trying to raise $15,000 (£8,700) to help her return to the university for the spring semester. Koenig has raised about $7,500 (£4,300) of her goal in the six days her page has been active.

Koenig says on the GoFundMe page: “Going to Pitt is a dream of mine and I couldn’t bear the thought of not being able to stay there.”

In a recent update today, Koenig says she was contacted by the university’s financial aid department regarding emancipation, and will be looking into how that can help her financially.

She told HuffPost Live of her family: “They’re praying – literally praying – that I turn off my sexuality and come back to the faith, come back to the church and, by doing that, come back to them.”

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