Transition & Survival Fund

Hey,

 

My name's KAVARI and I'm a transgender artist & music producer from Scotland.

 

So far I've been funding my transition by myself through my work with some additional support from my family, but recently that support has wavered significantly. This has left me in a difficult situation as I'm moving to a major city soon to find work and hopefully put myself into a position where I can rely on myself alone.

 

I've put off doing this for some time as I'm not looking for sympathy and know there are many other trans girls in my same situation and I'm not anymore deserving than the next, but living in the U.K. and being transgender is getting harder as each year passes, and with the recent lack of support I have little other option in order to keep myself safe and happy.

 

I've been on HRT now for just over 10 months after having to go under the care of a private gender clinic due to lack of NHS support, and I can't begin to describe how happy I have been. It's been the happiest time of my life. The possibility of not being able to afford my hormones, laser hair removal, and general expenses for my transition is terrifying beyond words. The best way I can describe this would be my own personal hell. The loss of solid support from anyone but myself has made this a potential reality which seems to be creeping closer as time moves on. Being transgender makes it abnormally hard to attain a solid job as a recent statistics showed 1 in 3 U.K. employers would not hire a transgender individual, and only 8% of employers seem to think we deserve the same rights to be hired as everyone else. That, paired with healthcare being locked behind a paywall or extreme waiting times, makes being transgender in the U.K. a fight for basic survival.

 

Any donations would mean I would have stable access to hormones and gender affirming treatment until I'm under NHS care in the future (which I am currently on the waiting list for as of February 2020, but waiting times are currently running over 18 months on average) and allow me to stay as happy as I am, move out of my family home into a safe and supportive situation, and continue my work as an artist.

 

Thank you in advance as this will do more good for me than I could ever express my gratitude for.

 

lots of love,

Cam x

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CAMERON PICKTHALL 
Organiser
Edinburgh, UK
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