Remember Trans Power--Fight for Trans Lives Passport Fund

For: Low and no income trans people in the United States
Organizer: Carl Charles
$16,794
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 413 donors
83% Complete
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The Story

For many trans people, the cost, administrative burden, complex standards and difficulty obtaining the requisite medical care/approval, can cause them to avoid updating their legal name and gender on government issued identification even where such updates are possible.  In light of a looming Trump presidency that will continue to threaten trans peoples' lives, the pressure is on for many people to change their federal identification documents in case the existing standards for updating those are changed and to obtain state and local identification that matches who they are for safety, security and other reasons.

Currently, people can update their Social Security Administration records for free and without proof of surgery. An updated passport similarly does not require surgery but it is costly.

Assuming a trans person already obtained a legal name change in court (which can cost anywhere from $18 to hundreds of dollars):

Passport photos: $15
Passport book application: $110
Processing fee: $25

We're asking community members, allies and anyone concerned about the future of this country to donate anything you can. Please note that there is a credit card processing fee on your donation so please keep that in mind as you give. All funds go directly to trans people in need of financial support to execute this process.

If you are able to give in the amount of $150-200 outright, there is a group led by Kendra Serra who is matching individual donors with trans people in need. This fund complements Kendra's work and also provides trans people who prefer to remain anonymous the ability to receive the support they need. If you are interested in being directly matched with a trans person looking to afford passport update fees, please email Kendra at [email protected].

Thank you to anyone who can give, and please share this fund with your networks; time is of the essence!
-Preferred name/pronouns
-Current legal name
-Current city and state
-Occupation
-Total amount of money needed and what specific passport related fee it will cover
-A verifiable and working email address
-Your paypal or venmo account information

If you have especially extenuating circumstances that prevent your access to paypal or venmo please explain and we can discuss transferring the funds to a local LGBT organization that can then transfer them to you.

Thank you!
Carl and Chase

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 25, 2016

Posted on November 25, 2016

We have fully funded 60 passports and counting! Here are some of the places and people that you have supported to life-changing and saving documents at this uncertain and scary time: 

Tamara, Idaho
Jenny, Virginia
Adam, North Carolina
Daniel, Georgia
Christina, South Carolina
Emile, Iowa
Elliott, California
Astrid, Ohio
James, Missouri
Gabriel, Illinois
Janus, Pennsylvania
Kaidee, Washington
Kyla, Wisconsin
Jordan, Texas
Briar, Oregon
Alex, New Jersey

And the list goes on! Please continue to share the fundraiser so we can reach our goal. There are still funds to be distributed. Please email me at [email protected] in order to request funding!

In Solidarity,

Carl


Posted on November 18, 2016

Posted on November 18, 2016

We've reached our second goal and funded 30 passports! I'll be posting the names and general locations of people who consented to share their information so you can see who we are reaching.

This outpouring of support has been incredible. I'm raising the fundraiser amount because as more people share the fundraiser, there are more requests for support. I currently have a wait list of 20 trans people asking for support, let's help them get the passports they need as soon as possible!

Thank you again for your generous support!


Posted on November 15, 2016

Posted on November 15, 2016

Thank you all so much for your donations! I am humbled and in awe about how we have reached the goal in just three short days. We have been able to support many trans folks getting their passports and/or getting them updated. I'm asking for a few people to share their stories here so you can see the good that your donations are creating in this world! Please continue to share and donate!

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