Meet Sammi, 2023 Annual Trans Surgery Fund Recipient
Congratulations to Sammi, who has been awarded $12,000 towards his gender-affirming surgery!
Sammi (he/they) has tried to save for top surgery for years, but each time, life has gotten in the way. He's struggled to afford rising costs for basic needs and survival, and has had difficulty finding work as an openly trans man. Obtaining gender-affirming health insurance that he could afford was also extremely difficult.
Sammi is currently studying to become a data scientist. They are passionate about trading and dreams of opening their own trading instutition for LGBTQ+ and POC folks to have more opportunities to break into the financial world: they see this as an opportunity to decrease the wealth gap for generations to come while also building valuable community.
Sammi shares, "There's a long list of what access to surgery means for me. I can finally wear the clothes that actually fit my body, will feel my confidence boosting. I'll be able to change the gender marker on my legal documents... In short, I will finally breathe. I don't just mean without the difficulty of wearing a binder: I mean the feeling of being fully connected with myself, too."
Sammi will have surgery with Dr. Charles Garramone and the Garramone Center in the coming months. The Garramone Center has been a proud sponsor with Point of Pride’s Annual Trans Surgery Fund since 2018, and we are so grateful for the work Dr. Garramone does to provide gender-affirming surgeries for the trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse community.
Written by Point of Pride
Point of Pride provides financial aid and direct support to trans folks in need of health and wellness care.