Utah transgender nonprofit opens office in Orem

By : wire report
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ABOVE: Genderbands’ pride pins, photo via Genderbands’ Facebook page.

PROVO, Utah (AP) | A project that started as a way for one transgender person to pay for gender-confirmation surgery has grown into a Utah-based nonprofit helping others who can’t afford the procedure.

The Daily Herald reports that Ian Giles founded the organization Genderbands, which provides free chest binders and awards grants to help with surgery.

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Trans of Thought: Bathroom issues

By : Melody Maia Monet
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MaiaMonet_MugIn early April 2011, a few months after I arrived in Florida, I was able to legally change my name and landed a job at a local theme park with my new identity. For the first time in my life, I was also assigned the female locker room.

I still vividly remember the anxiety I felt upon entering this inner sanctum of femininity. Back then I had not yet had gender confirmation surgery (GCS) and was frightened at what could happen if I was inadvertently found out. I took care to be as discreet as possible by changing into my uniform bottoms in toilet stalls and choosing individual showers in remote corners to avoid any prying eyes.

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