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Transgender teen in Bath launches crowdfunding to ‘free’ surgery Bath City News

A teenager from Bath has started crowdfunding online to pay for surgery, due to long NHS waiting lists.

Joe has been transgender since he was 13, when he wrote a letter to his parents explaining how he was feeling.

He registered his name for testosterone treatment, but was forced to go private for his main surgery to avoid a three-year delay.

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During the procedure, the breast tissue is removed to make it appear more masculine, which would be “incredibly liberating” for Joe.

The 19-year-old said: “When I turned 18 my name was put on the waiting lists for testosterone treatment and advanced surgery.

“The wait time for my testosterone treatment would be at least a year to just be seen, then another year for treatment.

“But for senior surgery, it’s at least three years and I don’t want to spend my 20s playing a waiting game.”

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If he goes private, the minimum cost of the surgery will be £ 7,300, but that could reach almost £ 10,000 depending on the length of his anesthesia.

“It’s a lot to pay to be who you are, but it would be so liberating.

“It would be a huge weight on my shoulders because I think about my appearance every day, several times a day.

“I could go overboard and wear a t-shirt in the summer without feeling embarrassed,” Joe explained.

Although he came out very young, the teenager explained that it took years to win his family round.

“They didn’t take it seriously at first because I was suffering from mental health issues at the time.

“I was in private school and it was pretty strict so I didn’t tell anyone about it, I just changed my name on Instagram.

“Eventually my friends noticed and they really supported me, but for years my mom wasn’t on board.

“When I was 16 or 17, I started to insist that people call me Joe and use he / him pronouns.

“I kept explaining to my mom how much it would mean for her to accept me and eventually she came back,” he said.

Joe is on a mission to raise £ 7,000 for his operation, which will take place in London if he is successful.

So far, after launching the crowdfund last week, it has raised over £ 1,000 in donations.

“I am so happy and so grateful to everyone who supported me. I expected to receive around £ 50,” he said.

You can donate to Joe’s crowdfunder here.

Do you have an important health story to tell? Email imogen.mcguckin@reachplc.com to get in touch.

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Source: www.somersetlive.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-08-17 04:00:00

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