Gender diverse people can expect to pay thousands of dollars to undergo gender reassignment surgery in Australia, but a Melbourne group has announced a unique grant to help with these costs. Victorian-based Transitory Life revealed its First Life Grant worth $500 this month.
One grant is being offered for gender diverse Victorians to help cover the medical costs of gender reassignment surgery. Transitory Life founder Teague Leigh has been fundraising for the grant since 2009 by hosting annual events. Leigh told the Star Observer he had mixed emotions about announcing the grant.
“I’m glad to be finally giving back… but I just wish it was more,” Leigh said.
Leigh said he hoped he could offer the grant annually but added he needed volunteers to keep up the momentum.
“Hopefully this will be an annual grant, that’s always been the plan,” he said. “If I get more people helping out, there’s no limit really.”
Grant applications close October 7.