Help Callie With Her Transition

Hi, I'm Callie, a 38 year old trans woman from the UK.

I didn't want to have to fundraise, I'd rather have used the NHS, but I've been on a GIC waiting list for two years and I still have at least one year before my initial appointment. I say at least year one because when I joined the list waiting times were 18 months. Two years later, waiting times are 3 years. By this time next year, they could be five years. And that's only for an initial appointment, not for help.

I've reached a point where I can't wait that long.

Unfortunately, with the recent attacks on the private clinic GenderGP, more and more trans people are using YourGP, driving their waiting times up too (it's now at 1 year). The only other private clinic in the UK (and the one I hope to use) is London Transgender Clinic. From looking into it, this also seems to be the most expensive option. 

I'm raising money for the appointments I will need and the prescriptions, as well as travel costs to the appointments and accommodation (they are in London). I'm not raising money for any surgeries as I am hoping that by getting on hormones I will be able to wait the NHS time required and have my surgeries through them.

Unfortunately, waiting for the hormones is having a massive impact on my mental health and my life is suffering as a result. I'm a mature student halfway through a degree and struggling to concentrate on my studies, and the thought of years more of this limbo fills me with dread. I have struggled with depression and dysphoria for most of my life, and only recently managed to stop being homeless. I have achieved a lot on my own to get to this point, but this final step just seems forever out of my reach, and it is for this reason that I am asking for help. 

Any help is appreciated, even if its just one pound, and please feel free to share this on social media.  

Update: I had my appointments with yourgp (I paid them on my credit card, now I need to pay that off) but I'm not on hormones yet because I'm diabetic and that needs treated first apparently.

So I have £1000 of transition related debt on my credit card, and I want laser hair removal, which is another £1200 or so. Because of a disability in my arm, I actually can't shave easily, and the body hair (and especially facial hair) is making me really dysphoric. I would also like a nice wig - the ones I have cost £20 and look like it.


Chris Kelly

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