[THIS COULD SAVE LIVES!] Help low-income transgender people in Erie County get access to proper medical care
Our goal is only $75 total. Please help us make this happen.
In Erie County, PA, there is only one endocrinologist willing to see trans patients, and this endocrinologist (who shall remain nameless) is notoriously unfriendly and incompetent.
Because of this, many transitioning people in Erie are forced to travel outside the city and sometimes the state to find a decent endocrinologist, and unfortunately, many in our community cannot afford to do so.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is considered medically-necessary care for transitioning people by both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). When forced to go without it, transitioning people often suffer from intense gender dysphoria, severe depression, even suicidal ideation.
Many transitioning people, left with no other choice, turn to self-medicating with hormones purchased on the street or shady pharmaceutical websites based in China and India. Self-medicating is very dangerous and can lead to permanent liver damage, cardiovascular disease, blindness, and even death.
Shuttle to Pittsburgh
Transfamily of Erie is currently in the planning stages to arrange a free one-day shuttle for transitioning people in need to reach a trans-friendly endocrinologist in Pittsburgh.
Transfamily will not cover any medical cost, though we are searching for an endocrinologist that will accept Medicaid and other forms of insurance and will be willing to work with low-income patients on financing.
Our start-up cost would be only $75 total to pay for a rental car and gas to transport 4-6 people. Ideally, we would like to have the shuttle run once every three months, and would scale up our capacity as interest increases.
We already have been contacted by several people who have expressed need for this shuttle and hope to have it up and running by the end of the month.
Please help us. Every dollar counts.