For the month of September, FaithfullyLGBT is launching #TitheTrans, a campaign encouraging Christians to tithe their monies to gender affirming surgeries. You can donate here!
Transitioning looks different for every person. It is not always a binary process. But for those who do need surgeries in order to be at peace in their own bodies it can be a hard to gain access to. The trans community is disproportionately in poverty and gender affirming surgeries can range anywhere from 10k-90k.
Christians have disparaged the bodies of trans people which has contributed to a culture of violence against them. From promoting anti-trans bathroom bills legislation to theology that has lead to suicides and homelessness. For those Christians who have seen this violence and have been horrified it, it’s time to put your tithe money where your beliefs are.
FaithfullyLGBT is giving all the money raised through #TitheTrans to Jim Collins Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money to provide grants to cover gender affirming surgeries.
“The mission of the Jim Collins Foundation is to provide financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries. The Jim Collins Foundation recognizes that not every transgender person needs or wants surgery to achieve a healthy transition. But for those who do, gender-affirming surgeries are an important step in their transition to being their true selves. However, access to gender-affirming 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.”
Jim Collins is trans founded and trans led through volunteers. A review board of trans activists and leaders goes through the applications for grants every year and provides as many grants as their funds allow. For more information about Jim Collins, visit their website.