Point of Pride Opens Applications for 2018 Transgender Surgery FundBy Shane Stahl • November 6, 2017 • 4:39 pm
Point of Pride, a 501(c)(3) organization operating out of Eugene, OR that serves the international transgender community, has opened applications for its 2018 Annual Transgender Surgery Fund.
The applications are open to any transgender person who cannot afford gender confirmation surgery on their own, regardless of whether or not their health insurance covers any costs. To date, the organization has donated over $17,000 toward gender confirmation surgeries.
Those interested may apply at www.pointofpride.org/surgery-fund. Applications close November 30, and finalists will be announced early 2018.
Aydian Dowling, Board President for Point of Pride, said:
“It’s hard to understate the life-changing difference surgery means for trans people, not only with their self-confidence and body image, but also their ability to live freely and authentically when out in public, at the workplace, and at school.”
Jeffrey Main, Board Secretary for Point of Pride, added:
“With the uncertain future of healthcare in the United States, it’s imperative we help as many of these deserving applicants as we can, to give them the care they so urgently need. Programs like the Surgery Fund are so important until the time all trans folks can get the coverage and assistance they need.”
In addition to the Surgery Fund, Point of Pride also provides free-of-charge binders and femme trans shapewear for those who cannot afford or safely obtain those garments; to date, they have provided over 2,000 such items to people in need.
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