Help Danny Pay for Top Surgery

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Raised by 73 people in 9 months
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This is my 17 year old son Danny. I'm incredibly proud of him! He is brave and honest and intelligent and he is already making the world a better place. He will be starting college in the fall as an honors student and he wants to be a teacher. 

Danny has been out as a young transman for the past four years. It has been a rough road at times, but he is confident in who he is and where he wants to go in life. 

He has taken a lot of time to consider the pros and cons of top surgery and has taken on the responsibility of consulting with surgeons himself. He has done his research (and I have followed up on it) and he has been in contact with a surgeon who has a lot of experience with the procedure and will work with us. 

But it costs money and the insurance won't pay. The procedure will cost at least $6750. The surgeon is 5 hours away and Danny would need to stay in that town for 9-10 days while he heals so that he can check in with the surgeon. We are anticipating travel expenses as well. 

We are in a bit of a hurry now, as a bill has been filed in Arkansas that would prohibit the change of gender marker on a person's birth certificate, regardless of whehter or not they have had gender affirmation surgeries. Current state law requires surgery to change that marker, but this law would make it impossible. I have raised the amount we are asking for because we may have to make adjustments in our plans due to rushing the procedure. 


We are so appreciative of any help we can get. Unfortunately, gender affirmation surgeries are not viewed as necessary by many insurance companies. But we know this surgery would give Danny opportunities he has not had up to this point, such as exercising without constriction and improved mental wellness. He will also be more likely to be able to get his documentation in order before starting his adult life. 

Thank you! 

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Update 3
Posted by Courtney B
1 month ago
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Correction: HB 1894. And it's not potential - it's been filed.

You can call the cosponsors of this bill:

Rep. Ballinger 870-350-5175
Rep. Gates 501-623-1100
Rep. Hendren 479-787-6500
Rep. Lundstrum 479-957-1959
Rep. McNair 870-754-7962
Rep. Meeks 501-277-9340
Rep. Payton 501-362-5815
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Update 2
Posted by Courtney B
1 month ago
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Arkansas HB 1984 is a potential bill that could make it impossible for people with an Arkansas birth certificate to change their gender marker. It is already difficult to make this change - it is why it is so imperative that Danny is able to get his surgery ASAP. We are even more concerned now about his ability to change his gender marker. If a law goes in effect before his surgery, he may not be able to change this very important piece of documentation.
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Update 1
Posted by Courtney B
5 months ago
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We are in a hurry now. Our concern is that the changing political climate may mean that Danny does not get his surgery in time to change his gender marker on his birth certificate before such a change is potentially illegal. In Arkansas, a transgender person has to have had irreversible surgery for a gender marker change.

We need to get this done ASAP. We are hoping there's a chance we could get him scheduled sooner, but we can't do that without cash in hand.

We are scared.
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Betony Weakley Maringer
9 months ago

Please remind me again. I am in the middle of my work season and will be able to contribute at the end! ♥ ♥ ♥

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$2,555 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 9 months
Created July 6, 2016
CB
Courtney B  
$10
Jessica Watkins
2 days ago

Rooting for you, kiddo! Wish I could do more.

$10
Anonymous
1 month ago
BM
$10
Brie M.
1 month ago

Good luck! I hope your surgery goes well!

$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
SW
$20
Susan Wood
1 month ago
TK
$50
Tracey King
1 month ago
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Lynn Paget
1 month ago
SS
$25
Sariah Shutts
1 month ago
RW
$20
Rachel White
1 month ago

Go kick Arkansas' ass, Danny.

BR
$15
Brittney Reed
1 month ago
Betony Weakley Maringer
9 months ago

Please remind me again. I am in the middle of my work season and will be able to contribute at the end! ♥ ♥ ♥

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