bellingham,

ok SEATTLE/BELLINGHAM TRANS FOLK

I HAVE SOME RESOURCES FOR YOU

if you are trying to get on hormones, ive spent the past 2 months searching and  searching and finally was able to get my first shot yesterday.

Planned Parenthood in Bellingham will work, however they are always booked at least 4 months out because they only take 1 person trying to get on hormones per week. Also they only provide huge needles that you have to inject in to your muscle. (aka ass or thigh)

besides PP, i did a lot of digging. here are some people i found along the way.

there’s Dr. Sarah Garrett - she is a naturopath, so check if your insurance will cover her. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and they would not cover her. She is gender affirming, kind, and also will ask that you do multiple sessions before starting hormones.

there’s Jennifer Creson - Jennifer is a queer counselor, as in, she’s actually a queer person not just a counselor who ‘specializes’ in queer issues. She is incredibly kind, works with the Informed Consent Model, meaning if you need a diagnoses of Gender Disphoria (GD) to get your insurance to cover medical treatment, she will give you that diagnoses on your first visit no questions asked. She is willing to skype using TheraLink, so even if you live outside of Seattle you can work with her. While Jennifer doesn’t take insurance, you can request receipts from her and file them with your insurance. Also, if all you need is the diagnoses and don’t necessarily want a councilor, one visit/skype will cost 100$, she uses SquareCash for payment. 

there’s Dr. Kevin Hatfeild - Kevin is a  medical doctor practicing at the Polyclinic in Seattle. The website will say the clinic is full, BUT they will always take trans and gender nonconforming patients, just call and tell them you’re trans. He and all the staff there are gender affirming, will use your preferred name and pronouns, and are very very transparent with you as far as how to best navigate insurance companies and medical treatment. He looks like you wouldnt like him, but he is actually really good at his job, he made me feel very comfortable. He told me he is there to be a safety net and serve as an access point to medicine. He gets non-binary identities. He will help you get to where you want to get and not take the position of a weird medical savior or question your gender. There is no physical exam required to get on hormones, just bloodwork and talking. You will also get your first shot on your first visit if you want. He works under Informed Consent. 

Additionally, for injections of T, he prescribes a tiny tiny needle that you inject into your belly roll rather than a huge needle to the ass. It’s unbelievably easy, i injected my own first shot. He will explain how to do it very well. He takes most insurance.

also My Trans Health  recently launched and probably has quite a few more resources as well!

Feel free to add to this list, i hope you all get the care you deserve. 

Bellingham, WA: looking for a house for the 2016-2017 school year!

hello everyone i am a disabled lesbian trauma survivor looking to have a stable place to live for the next year at least! a lot of information about me is readily accessible on my sidebar but i’m having trouble finding a place to live, because i am an orphan and as such do not have a cosigner, so it’s really hard to find stable housing! i’m a WWU student and a very quiet person but i am friendly, clean, and nice! i can’t afford to spend much more than $500 a month but yah pls let me know if u are in bellingham and looking for a roommate!

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