Dem Bois Inc. is a national non-profit organization with the mission to provide charitable economical aid for female to male, FTM, trans-masculine identified person(s) of color ages twenty-one years old and older for them to obtain chest reconstruction surgery, and or genital reassignment surgery in order to help them on their journey to live a more fulfilled physical, mental, and self-authentic life.
Dem Bois Inc. exist in order to prevent the overwhelming feelings of dysphoria among transmen of color who have disproportionate access to quality healthcare and or the financial means to obtain gender-affirming surgeries. Dem Bois Inc. is ran by trans identified folks and their allies who understand the importance of accessing medical transition related care.
Dem Bois Inc. was founded in 2016 by Shawn Aaron who identifies as trans-masculine. Aaron began his medical transition in February of 2013. Being employed full-time, Aaron was granted access to affordable and quality transitional surgeries at low cost. One day while Aaron was scrolling through his Instagram feed he came across a post from an individual who identified himself as trans. This individual had posted a photo of himself along with his bare chest. Under the photo he wrote, ‘he was posting a photo of himself ‘pre-op’ and how he might as well get use to his ‘breast’ because he would never be able to afford any surgery.’
Aaron was extremely saddened by this predisposition of accepting that he would never be able to afford surgery. Aaron recognized his ‘transitional privilege’ and vowed to give other trans individuals the same chance he had by creating an organization that would provide economical aid to trans identified people of color who do not have the financial resources to receive the transitional care that they need. Aaron recognized that having access to certain health care is key to living a healthier life.
We value all identities! We value all trans identities! We value all journeys!
*Photo taken by Yev Z Photography