It’s a sad state of affairs when gender-affirming surgeries aren’t covered by insurance, but the SLC Feminist community can help! Jamie is going in for top surgery and needs some help with the last little bit. Every dollar helps on their gender journey.
Here is Jamie’s description of the fundraiser from Indiegogo:
Hi! My name is Jamie, I’m a 24 yr old public health grad student and full-time employee. I identify as non-binary and use they/them/their pronouns. I live in downtown Salt Lake with my cutie partner Dot and a sassy lil cat named Cleo.
I created this Indiegogo page to raise money for my surgery with Dr. Cori Agarwal on May 14, 2015. As I have been prioritizing things in my life in order to do what makes me happiest, I have realized how critical this surgery is for me in helping me feel valid in my gender identity, as my chest is my biggest source of my dysphoria. Unfortunately, neither of my insurances cover trans-related procedures, and so I will be covering the cost of this surgery on my own.
I will be getting double incision top surgery w/nipple grafts, which is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia (takes approximately 3-4 hours). Fortunately, my surgeon is located at the U of U hospital, so I will not have any travel expenses.
Dr. Agarwal’s fee for the surgery will be $5,855, plus possible revision costs. So far I have saved $3,900 on my own, but that leaves me $1,955 short. The full cost of surgery must be paid in full by May 1, 2015, which is two weeks before the surgery will take place.
Any small contribution you could make would be incredibly appreciated. No amount is too small. To show my gratitude, I’d like to send a hand written card with a small surprise (doodles or stickers or glitter or WHO KNOWS!?), so if you’d like to receive a card, please include your name so that I can contact you! Thank you thank you thank you.