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!
APPLICATION PROCESS & REWARD
All applications submitted by the application deadline will be evaluated. Each applicant will be individually scored based on a specifically tailored rubric system. The criteria and scoring system used will help the Initial Review Board decipher which applicants will move on to final review. Each applicant will be judged based on the following criteria: Have you submitted a completed application? Do you understand the steps that are required to undergo the medical process of transitioning? Have you expressed genuine need for assistance? Can you demonstrate how you have worked to cover some of the cost on your own? Can you secure a letter of support from a licensed medical or mental health professional? Have you selected a surgeon who has knowledge and experience in transitional surgeries? Have you identified who will provide care and support for you post surgery?
Once the application moves into the final review phase, the Final Review Board will use the same criteria and grading scale. The Final Review Board along with the Initial Review Board will be compiled of transgender identifying person(s) and allies who understand the importance of accessing medical transition related care. They also have a clear understanding of the extreme cost one would have to pay in order to obtain gender affirming surgery.
Final reviews include an interview with the President of Dem Bois Inc. via face to face, and or one of various internet applications i.e., (Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, etcetera). Once the Review Board decides on the awarded applicant Dem Bois Inc. will notify the recipient via information provided by the applicant.
The final decision will be fair and impartial in order to ensure that the final applicant/ recipient will receive the necessary economic assistance. Unfortunately, Dem Bois Inc. will not be able to meet each and every applicants needs, but we are working to assist as many people as possible.
*Note; taking of hormones is not a requirement in order to identify as trans and or to be eligible for economical assistance.
The economical aid that Dem Bois Inc. provides will help to elevate the burden of covering the total cost of surgery for individuals who identify as female to male, FTM transgender, and or trans-masculine person(s) of color who cannot afford to obtain chest reconstruction surgery, and or genital reassignment surgery.
*FTM, transgender and trans-masculine are ‘umbrella terms’. Dem Bois Inc. understands and respects all gender identities along with the need for transitional surgery.
Person(s) of color, also known as POC is defined and is used primarily in the United States to describe any person(s) who is not white. The term encompasses all non-white peoples, emphasizing common experiences of systemic racism. Person(s) of color who are encouraged to apply for economical aid include: African-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Native/Indigenous American, Latin-Americans, and any other person(s) that identify as part of a minority group in the United States of America.
You must understand the steps that are currently required to undergo the medical process of transitioning.
You must be able to secure a letter of support from a licensed medical or mental health professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or therapist).
You must select a proper surgeon who is knowledgeable and has experience with transition related surgeries. If chosen to receive economical aid, Dem Bois Inc. will assume that this named surgeon is final.
Identify who will care for you and provide support post-surgery.
If you have not followed the above steps, but are planning to do so, you must include such plans with specifics along with the application.
You must demonstrate a genuine need for financial assistance.
Give in detail efforts you have made to raise funds on your own and the amount of cost you will be able to fund on your own, if any.
Dem Bois Inc. will collect personal and medical information to determine eligibility for economical aid. This information will only be shared with the Board of Directors.
Dem Bois Inc. review boards will make the selections for grants based on a combination of demonstrated financial need and level of preparedness.
Note; If you are selected for funding, the payment will be made directly to the doctor or hospital facility. You must comply with all requirements according to the Standard of Care of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
**Note; Please take into consideration your needs and the needs of others. If you have access to obtaining gender affirming surgery without the help and assistance from others please reframe from submitting this application. This organization was created in order to support those who are in need of assistance. Submitting an application without such need has the potential of taking away an opportunity from someone who desperately needs this in order to live a healthier physical, emotional, and social life.