2015 Grant Recipient Alexandria Fresh

My first step in self acknowledgement was in 8th grade when I came out to my mother, telling her that I was attracted to men but did not like being called gay. My attraction was like any other girl my age. Later on, I met my first transwoman at the age of 14. She was a pageant girl from Atlanta, and she was absolutely beautiful. I was fascinated with how she became who she was, and the more she and I developed a relationship, the more I knew that … [Read more...]

2015 Grant Recipient Alexander

At 34 years old, I have lived a few lifetimes of pain and what seems to be bad luck. To the point where I just begin laughing about it, it was like a routine. It took me years to finally realize that by surviving, I had become a stronger person with enough compassion to want to make a difference in the lives of others. When I got the call about being one of the grantees of the Jim Collins Foundation, it seemed unreal. So few dreams come true … [Read more...]

2015 Grant Recipient Rose Groeschel

At first, I didn't think there was anything wrong me. I knew I was a girl, until my preschool teacher told me I couldn't play with the kitchen set at playtime. I cried and told her, "I have the same one at home. Why can't I play with this one?" Her answer was the beginning of a journey down a dark lonely road. "It's for girls," she said, "You're not a girl, you're a boy. Boys play with boys' toys; go play with the Lincoln Logs or trucks!" From … [Read more...]

Krysallis Anne Hembrough Gifts Legacy Funds to Jim Collins Foundation

JCF Announces New Board President and Vice President Friday March 27, 2015 (New York, NY) --- The Jim Collins Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant available through the Krysallis Anne Hembrough Legacy Fund, for JCF grantees who are able to match each dollar received. The Jim Collins Foundation will continue offering gender-affirming surgery grants from its general fund, which covers 100% of medical fees. Applicants may only apply once … [Read more...]

A Growing Number of Trans Americans Are ‘Crowdfunding’ Their Gender Transitions

At 19 years old, Lexi Richardson came out as transgender to her father. A Navy SEAL with a penchant for being "very strict," she said, he reacted with a swift, all-too-familiar response: Richardson had to go. "He provided me with an ultimatum," she said. "I could live at home or I could dress like a woman. So I said, BYE!" Without a permanent home or the financial support of her parents, the salt in the wound, Richardson said, was the … [Read more...]

Gender-Affirming Surgeries Are No Laughing Matter

Jim Collins Foundation Statement on Offensive "Sarah Silverman Closes the Gap" Video The Jim Collins Foundation is deeply offended and saddened by the video produced by National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and Sarah Silverman as part of the Equal Payback Project. As many people have noted in the controversy since the campaign launch, the video makes light of transgender people's lives, and it neglects to mention the sky-high rates of employment … [Read more...]