I’m hoping that in the following years that Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS) will be commonly covered through health insurance in America and that that trans quality of life can improve for everyone and not just for those who have been able to save for 7 years. The best way to sum up my thoughts about the question is that I have hope.
The first time I got a bill from Quest Diagnostics which was used to check my body chemistry was truly insane! Trying to pay for therapy, doctor/hrt, and hair removal kept me from financially drained. Then getting a four figure bill from Quest Diagnostics was just the icing on my poverty cake. Not to mention the cost of living and continual car care. I’d have to say the cost of transition was the most difficult!
|Courtesy of Violet Bernarde.|
I will say that I think we are doing better than what we have in the past, but it should also be said that not all trans individuals stay to further the cause. I don’t hold any negative feelings for those who choose to move on after transition and in a way I think they still help the community though we can’t always see it.
Monika: Many transgender ladies write their memoirs. Have you ever thought about writing such a book yourself?
Violet: Yes! If given the time I’d like to do it, but right now I have enough on my plate. It might still happen one day, but it will have to wait. Hopefully if the day comes I’m still interested in the notion.
All the photos: Courtesy of Violet Bernarde.