Katelyn Burns Transition Fund

$25,455 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 557 people in 18 months
Quick update - I'm offering 1 hr writing/pitch consultations for $50 each towards this fundraiser. Just enter your email or an alternative option for contacting in the comments when you're making your donation. I'll take it from there and I'll be in touch quickly. Thanks so much!

Update 1 - See my most recent update! This campaign now goes towards 4 separate transition related procedures!

Hi, I'm raising funds for my Genital Reassignment Surgery. My insurance company excludes all surgeries and procedures "for the purposes of changing sex" and so, I have to pay for GRS out of my own pocket.

Hormones have alleviated most of the gender dysphoria that I previously experienced, however the single biggest source remains, my genitals. Currently I shower with my eyes closed and I get dressed before returning to the bathroom mirror. Even then, I'm still reminded of my incorrect genitals when I pull on a pair of underwear or I can't quite smooth out the front of my skirt.

There are other, more intimate issues presented by my current genital alignment that I won't go into here, but this procedure is of immediate concern for me.

Here's a breakdown of how the funds will be distributed:

$15,000 for the surgery and hospital stay
$500 for travel and accommodations
$3000 to replace the lost income during my recovery period
$4500 for taxes and fees related to fundraising

This amounts to $23,000. I know it's a lot of money and I hesitate to even ask. The truth is that I desperately need this surgery and so I've decided to ask for your help. Anything that you might be able to spare would be greatly appreciated and of course any shares on your social media accounts would also be tremendously helpful.

Thank you all,

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Hi all!

I've decided to return to this medical fundraiser but change the goals slightly. As I explain in the video, my original insurance situation has changed significantly since the early days of this fundraiser.

I've decided to bump up the total goal for this campaign significantly but the good news is that this campaign will end up covering expenses for 4 separate transition related procedures (including GRS!) rather than just the original goal to cover just GRS.

Thank you all so so much.

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We're off to a good start so far. Thank you to all of you who have been sharing and donating. <3
Still a long ways to go.
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$25,455 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 557 people in 18 months
Created February 13, 2017
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11 days ago
Robert Ibershoff
11 days ago

Thank you for sharing your personal story. As a cis man, I've learned a phenomenal amount about the experience of being trans directly from people sharing their stories on social media. Warmest wishes!

Deanna Garcia
11 days ago

Best of luck Katelyn. My wife underwent surgery last year and we know how stressful financial considerations are. I pray for a day when this is covered by insurance!

12 days ago
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