2014 JCF Grantee PoetHeather

As a 45-year-old, married, disabled veteran who is unable to work, I thought I had perhaps gone as far as I could in my transition until I won the lotto or managed to sell a book or something. I did what I could, helping with the Transgender American Veterans Association, as well as my local support group. I also went to a few conferences and talked about writing as well as TAVA. I tried to get involved. When my health started declining I … [Read more...]

2014 Jim Collins Grantee Cassie LeGrave

Every day prior to my surgery was like a living nightmare.  Most of my earliest memories include asking my mother when I was going to be 'fixed' so I would be like the other girls.  She would always reply in the same way, "You're not a girl."  I couldn't have the things I really wanted, I could never wear the things I wanted to wear, and I thought I was never going to be the person I knew I was inside. As I got older, I went into acting and … [Read more...]

2014 Grant Recipient Omar Yadielle

I’m a warrior in the battle that has been through a lot. My life has been very difficult since I was born. I’ve always dressed and acted like a man. My family rejected me because of my gender identity, and I’m alone in the world, battling for my life in order to be a great human being. I was on the honor roll, delivered the graduation speech at my high school, and was a leader in LGBT clubs in school. All my life, I have been discriminated … [Read more...]

2013 Year in Review

The Jim Collins Foundation raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries for those transgender people who need surgery to live a healthy life, but have no ability to pay for it themselves. We recognize that for those people who require surgery for a healthy gender transition, lack of access to surgery may result in hopelessness, depression, and sometimes, suicide. The Jim Collins Foundation is a community-based initiative promoting the … [Read more...]

M. Dru Levasseur Featured on Savage Lovecast

"I lined up a guest expert to tackle your question, Confused. M. Dru Levasseur is a trans activist, attorney and the co-founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, an organization that funds gender-confirming surgeries." Listen to the full episode here: www.savagelovecast.com … [Read more...]

Best of Left Podcast Discusses Trans* Rights

Best of the Left podcast with Jay! Tomlinson discusses trans* rights and highlights the Jim Collins Foundation.   … [Read more...]

Education is Critical

The Jim Collins Foundation co-founders have presented nation-wide at transgender health conferences to address the widespread lack of understanding about transgender people's health care. Here, Tony Ferraiolo, a Certified Life Coach and transgender youth advocate, and Dru Levasseur, a national transgender rights attorney, present the workshop, "The Jim Collins Foundation: Why Do We Need It?" at the 2012 Connecticut Transgender Health and Law … [Read more...]

Gender-Affirming Surgery Grants Awarded by Jim Collins Foundation

March 26, 2013 (New York, NY) – The Jim Collins Foundation (JCF) is pleased to announce its 2013 grantees receiving funds for gender-affirming surgery. Hundreds of transgender people applied for a JCF grant, demonstrating urgency and financial need. Due to widespread discrimination in public and private health care, most transgender individuals have no access to this type of medically necessary coverage. Jim Collins Foundation is the only … [Read more...]