Congratulations to Blake-Jorden B.from Florida, who has been awarded $5,000 towards his gender-affirming surgery!
Blake-Jorden’s story, like so many others’ stories, was inspiring. In his application, he shared a lot of his story growing up and coming out as trans: his experiences being forced to wear femme clothing or wigs when around family, living with housing insecurity and sleeping in his car, his efforts rebuilding a relationship with his parents, and other struggles and triumphs. We were also touched by his reflection on how the Pulse tragedy impacted him. Blake-Jorden currently works as a costume character, which he shared makes binding his chest all the more hot and uncomfortable. He one day hopes to become a first responder/firefighter.
Dr. Christopher Salgado heard Blake-Jorden’s story and generously signed on as a sponsor of the Annual Transgender Surgery Fund program to provide a $5,000 discount towards his surgery. Point of Pride is also working closely with Blake-Jorden as he navigates recent obstacles with his insurance provider in getting his procedure covered.
Blake-Jorden is hopeful to have his surgery in the coming months. Stay tuned for updates!