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Meet Laith

Laith

Laith's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Laith (she/they) is a Black Southern trans femme who was awarded a grant in 2021 towards permanent hair removal and a grant in 2024 towards facial feminization surgery.

Laith lives with significant financial challenges due to large outstanding student loans and medical debts. After saving money and fundraising for years to afford her first surgery in her medical transition, she struggled to garner more mutual aid to continue transitioning. She knew she had more goals for herself but was unable to attain affordable insurance coverage in Georgia. Despite these difficulties, Laith threw dance parties for her local queer community, while continuing to push her GoFundMe on social media as a means of additional fundraising; however, she was still unable to afford the procedures she needed. Consequently, she didn’t know if she would ever be able to attend law school, which she planned to do after her transition.

They shared, "Having gender-affirming healthcare will literally alter my whole lifestyle: it will help me occupy spaces and feel seen in those spaces. It will help me feel better in the clothes I wear, the bathrooms I choose to use, the relationships I maintain, and the body I possess." 

Laith is an advocate for queer, Black, and brown people through her work at an employment discrimination law firm based in Georgia. She hopes to deepen her practice and serve her community by becoming an attorney. She is very excited to have the confidence to continue being an out and proud Black trans woman in a field all-too-often dominated by white cis men.

Laith's timeline

  • Award Granted

    November 22, 2021

    Laith was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    May 17, 2022

    A payment has been made toward Laith's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    October 27, 2022

    A payment has been made toward Laith's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    December 23, 2022

    A payment has been made toward Laith's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    February 15, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Laith's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    March 19, 2023

    Laith shared, "Being able to clear my facial hair is and has been one of my main goals in my transition journey. As unfortunate as it is, being able to pass without beard shadow is instrumental in me being able to land opportunities in high places. It's a long and difficult process, but this grant was able to get me started and that's one of the most difficult parts."
  • Award Granted

    March 8, 2024

    Laith has been granted a surgery fund award.

Grant details

$23,425 towards gender-affirming care.

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