Meet Alejandra, 2023 Annual Trans Surgery Fund Recipient
Congratulations to Alejandra, who has been awarded $8,000 towards her gender-affirming surgery!
Alejandra is a 28-year-old trans woman originally from Mexico who is currently fighting her asylum case in the United States. Due to her immigration status, she has been unable to work, and unable to qualify for the type of Medicaid that would cover the surgery she so desires and needs: breast augmentation surgery. As she also financially supports her family back in Mexico, Alejandra has been unable to put any money aside to make her surgery dreams come true.
Since arriving in the United States, Alejandra has received support from a group called the Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network, which supports her with housing and some other expenses while she’s unable to legally work. Alejandra lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where she is part of a thriving community of queer and trans people, and is a member of the Trans Asylum Seeker Coordination Network, helping to support other trans asylum seekers like herself.
Alejandra is a fun-loving girl who enjoys cooking and loves a good party. Alejandra has gone through so much in both her immigration and transition journeys, and she says that breast augmentation surgery will help her become the woman she sees herself as, the woman she knows she is inside. As some of her friends have gotten this surgery, Ale has felt longing to get it too, and she is so, so excited that her dream is finally going to become a reality.
Alejandra plans to have surgery in the coming months. Stay tuned for updates!
Note: Point of Pride wishes to especially thank the Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network for their support in providing translation services and facilitating communication between our team and Alejandra. Learn more about their work by following them on Instagram @transasylumsupport or visiting https://linktr.ee/transasylumsupport.
Written by Point of Pride
Point of Pride provides financial aid and direct support to trans folks in need of health and wellness care.