Robina Asti is a transgender widow, a WWII veteran, and the founder of The Cloud Dancers Foundation. This GoFundMe page is the inaugural fundraiser for The Cloud Dancers Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) with a mission to grant extraordinary wishes to those who feel invisible, starting with the elder transgender community, inspired by Robina. The Foundation’s motto is #WeSeeYou to help bring attention to often-overlooked communities.
Robina celebrated her 99th birthday on April 7, 2020 and before she turns 100-years-old next year, her wish is to see the successful launch of her Foundation. We hope you will consider a donation to help make dreams a reality for Robina and the people her Foundation seeks to support.
Asti transitioned nearly 45 years ago. In her youth, she flew combat missions in WWII and retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. The name “Cloud Dancers” is inspired by Asti’s time as a WWII pilot and her life-long passion for aeronautics. She is an active-licensed navigator and flight instructor. Prior to COVID-19, Asti spent her weekends circling the skies around the New York/Tri-State area with her student pilots. She hopes to get back into the air soon.
Asti’s mission came into focus after her husband, Norwood Patton passed away in 2012. Asti applied for the standard widow benefits from the Social Security Administration but was denied because they said she was not legally a woman at the time of her marriage to Patton in 2004. Asti felt this was a great injustice and decided to fight back as an advocate for transgender rights, working with LGBT-advocacy nonprofit organization, Lambda Legal.
As part of her legacy and devotion to supporting those who are vulnerable and emotionally disenfranchised, Asti has established Cloud Dancers. Asti has shared her story to inspire others and has been featured in Inside Edition, People Magazine, Refinery29, and gave a TedX Talk in 2015.
Cloud Dancers has a goal to raise $1million in its first year to begin granting extraordinary wishes to all who feel invisible, from the aging and LGBTQ to homeless youth to let them know, #WeSeeYou.