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30-09-2012

I am thinking about starting a fund, called the “Emerging Self Fund (EMF).” The intent is to raise money that would be granted to eligible transgender individuals who would otherwise be unable to start the International Standards of Care. (Click to Read More)
NOTE: This project is currently on hiatus due to my current health. I intend to resume it if or when my health allows.

I am thinking about starting a fund, called the “Emerging Self Fund (EMF).” The intent is to raise money that would be granted to eligible transgender individuals who would otherwise be unable to start the International Standards of Care.

The Harold Benjamin International Standards for Care for Gender Dysphoric Disorder are as follows:
The Eligibility Criteria includes the following:

1. Age 18 years

2. Demonstrable knowledge of what hormones medically can and cannot do and their social benefits and risk;

3. Either:

a. A documented real-life experience of at least three month prior to the administration of hormones; or

b. A period of psychotherapy of a duration specified by the mental health professional after the initial evaluation (usually a minimum of three months)

The Readiness Criteria includes the following:

1. The patient has had further consolidation of gender identity during the real-life experience or psychotherapy.

2. The patient has made some progress in mastering other identified problems leading to improving or continuing stable mental health.

3. The patient is likely to take hormones in a responsible manner.

The EMF fundraiser would primarily focus on providing funds for the necessary psychotherapy and testing required to prepare the individual for transition as well as starting the individual on Hormone Therapy. Hormone Therapy is the first step in starting the physiological changes necessary to sucessfully transition from one gender to the other. If the fundraising generates sufficient funds, I would also like to provide aid to those prepared for and seeking Gender Reassignment Surgery.

At present, the EMF fundraiser is the conceptual stage, but if you are interested in volunteering and or have any ideas/suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me via my email. It would be good to know who in the community would be supportive of a transgender fund. It is well-known that there is a strong predjudice against the transgender population in our society, thus making fundraising a challenging prospect.

Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing your suggestion on the matter.

Sincerely,
Sallie Hunt, L.M.F.T, F.A.P.A

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