Trans women crowdfund transitions online

Mia Violet is a 29-year-old British trans blogger and the author of Yes, You Are Trans Enough. Because surgery is expensive, and the health service will not fund her gender-affirming facial surgery, she is crowdfunding the rest of her transition.

Lydia Morrish
Lydia Morrish NewsMavens, United Kingdom
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Why this story matters:

While some trans people don't have surgery at all, according to UK trans charity Mermaids, transitioning can alleviate symptoms of gender dysphoria.  In the UK, NHS gender identity services have waiting lists of around two years. Gender dysphoria can be crippling, leading people to go it alone -- but surgery can be life-saving -- nearly half of trans young people in the UK attempt suicide.

Violet says that she suffers debilitating gender dysphoria, a condition which causes sufferers to experience distress as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.

Crowd-raising the funds for facial surgery, she says, is one of the ways she will be able to beat the dysphoria.

"It’s a set of procedures which will make subtle changes, but very personally impactful ones," she says.

Details from the story:

  • Along with several other trans people in the UK, trans blogger Mia Violet is using the #TransCrowdFund hashtag to connect with possible donors on Twitter.
  • She has so far raised £3,230 of £19,000.
  • As many people seeking treatment are priced out or left stranded on years-long waiting lists, crowdfunding seems a viable option.
  • Others in the United States, such as October Evans, are also attempting to crowdfund their transitions in full, or complete their gender transition.
  • Gender identity services in Britain are run by Gender Identity Clinics (GICs), which work independently of each other. Because of this, campaigners say a “postcode lottery” limits patients’ access to services, with some being offered gender-affirming surgeries to others in different parts of the country.
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