Jim Collins Foundation

2 03 2009

Just wanted to throw out a quick plug for this organization, because I’ve been meaning to for a while.

The Jim Collins Foundation was founded (rather recently) by a friend/acquaintance of mine, Dru Levasseur, and another probably equally awesome individual who I don’t know personally, Tony Ferraiolo.

The Foundation’s goal is

to provide financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries… [A]ccess to gender-confirming surgery is impossible for most. Discrimination against transgender people is so prevalent that many transgender people struggle to survive, never mind save for surgery costs. Even for those who have health insurance, coverage is systematically denied. Many insurance policies contain a “Transsexual Exclusion Clause” which excludes all medical procedures related to a person’s transgender status. For many transgender people, access to surgery is out of reach.

The Jim Collins Foundation will work to give access to gender-confirming surgeries to those people in the transgender community who need it most.

(from the website linked above)

This is a pretty young organization, and one that is serving a vitally important need. Not all trans people require or desire gender-confirming surgeries, but for those who do, the procedures are often unreachable on account of systemic descrimination and marginalization both within the medical world and within the rest of the world. Surgeries are expensive, and for individuals against whom employment discrimination is legal in most states, and within a healthcare system that heavily depends on employment-based healthcare, well – the money for those surgeries can be hard to come by. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to trans healthcare issues and hurdles.

For more trans-related reading, check out some of the bloggers linked in my blogroll, especially TransGriot, Questioning Transphobia, and Taking Steps.

Just wanted to give folks a heads up that the Foundation is out there, and to keep them in mind – both as a resource for yourself or others, or as a place to give some money that you don’t need this week, month, or year.

Other relevant links/resources/organizations: The Sylvia-Rivera Law Project (SRLP) and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)




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6 03 2009
Jim Collins Foundation « Questioning Transphobia

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