Some Pride in Athens

Hey everyone!

Today’s post will be shorter than most, basically because I have a lot of work to do for school. I did, however, want to give a short post about being at Athens Pride last Sunday.

So I was at Athens Pride festival working the booth for the LGBTQ Caucus for the Democratic Party of Georgia. The Young Democrats of UGA joined us for the event. (Thanks!) I was a little disappointed about the lack of turnout for the festival. I think that there is a sizable crowd of LGBTQ people and allies in the Athens area, so I’m not sure why more people weren’t there.

Regardless, I had the opportunity to walk around and see some of the other booths. I stopped by the Health Initiative booth and got some good information about financial help that I could receive to offset some medical costs relating to my transition. It isn’t a whole lot of money, but it will definitely help with the cost of a therapist. If you didn’t know, the most recommended/most safe way to get hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which for me is testosterone, is to see a therapist to get a letter that approves me for testosterone prescribed by an endocrinologist. The therapy process for this can take a few months, but once I get the letter, I can then take it to an endocrinologist to start testosterone.

Just for some perspective, not every trans person wants to have HRT. It can be a very personal thing for trans people. Some people choose to not undertake HRT for various reasons and others do not have the financial means to start HRT. Whether by choice or necessity, a person who doesn’t do HRT is not “less trans” than someone who does. Transition can mean a lot of different things. For me, testosterone is something that I want to start in the future, likely next summer, so I am thankful that there are resources like the Health Initiative in Atlanta that can help.

If you need information about the Health Initiative in Atlanta, then please go to their page online. If you want to know more about what I specifically found out about financial and medical resources for trans people send me a message or leave a comment.

All the best,

Harris

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