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Meet Jia


Jia's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Jia (she/her) is a Black trans woman from New York seeking body contouring; specifically, clavicle shortening surgery. "my shoulders have always been the biggest link to my dysphoria. They're very broad and immediately get me clocked in public because people can tell they look masculine. Truly makes me never want to leave the apartment."

Jia has experienced discrimination in employment, resulting in a challenging financial situation. While she's been trying to save money towards care, her current income is going towards expenses in a lawsuit regarding her discrimination case. "I've fallen behind on my rent and other medical bills so it's virtually impossible until my case is settled for me to be able to pay for a surgery like this," she shares. "I can't fundraise because I live my life stealth and it'd out me. I commend girls who live out and proud, but I can't safely do that at this point in time."

Despite challenges in life, Jia is optimistic for her future as a filmmaker. She hopes to complete her debut film later this year.


Jia's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Jia was granted a Surgery Fund Award!

Grant details

$36,910 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Body Contouring

On average, it costs $13,500+ for Jia's care.

What is it?

Body contouring refers to a series of surgical procedures (often through liposuction) aimed at reshaping and sculpting the body to change its appearance to be more traditionally feminine or more traditionally masculine.

How accessible is it for trans folks to receive this care?

Body contouring is generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure, and so it is unlikely that health insurance will cover the cost. It can also be hard for trans femme folks to find trans-affirming surgeons in their region.