Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A multimedia project on the state of transgender health care in the U.S. and why Americans are traveling abroad to get it.
A multimedia project on the state of transgender health care in the U.S. and why Americans are traveling abroad to get it.
234 backers pledged $6,919 to help bring this project to life.

About

The Cost of Gender project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$6,919

234

New Fundraising Goals!

Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach 100% of our fundraising goal! Because we have a few more days left, here's what we can do if we reach a few more benchmarks!

$6,500: We can interview prominent trans activists and experts around the country, including artist, sound engineer, activist, professor and all-around rockstar Sandy Stone in California!

$7,000: We can hire a soundtrack artist to create a custom music score for our media. 

$7,500: We can hire a web developer to build a snazzy, interactive, and mind-blowing platform to show off these stories. 

What we're all about

Some girls are called "tomboys" because they like to play sports and climb trees. Some boys are called "sissies" if they cry or like dolls. Every person relates to both masculine and feminine traits in some way or another.

In fact, by age 5, children have developed a gender identity, knowing if they are a boy, a girl or something else. For trans folks, this often means identifying as a different gender than the sex they were assigned at birth.

"The Cost of Gender" is a short documentary that will take a look at the hurdles, challenges and triumphs trans folks face as they transition their bodies to align with their gender.

Rev. Carla Robinson is a pastor at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Seattle, Wa. She is currently planning her gender reassignment surgery in Thailand, but the out-of-pocket cost is the only thing delaying her trip.
Rev. Carla Robinson is a pastor at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Seattle, Wa. She is currently planning her gender reassignment surgery in Thailand, but the out-of-pocket cost is the only thing delaying her trip.

To have gender reassignment surgery in the U.S., a fully-insured trans person will still pay out of pocket upwards of $30,000 plus staggering pre- and post-surgery medical bills. This is why Americans are traveling in droves to places like Bangkok, Thailand where the same, high-quality surgery is offered for a few thousand dollars. 

We (Dacia+Sara) are traveling to Thailand for 2 weeks in November to interview trans folks and their surgeons as they go through this life-changing transition. We will also explore the Thai culture that has openly embraced the trans community flooding their borders.

This project hits on the two most critical issues facing our American culture; health care reform and LGBTQ rights. Your support will directly fund independent journalism and help share the invaluable stories of the most underreported populations.

International reporting trips can be expensive. These funds will help us get to Thailand, hire translators for interviews, rent much needed gear like microphones and lenses, build a custom platform to publish the work on and buy other sexy things like harddrives and batteries.  

"The Cost of Gender" will be published in February 2013 on The Common Language Project and The Seattle Globalist on a platform featuring video, motion graphics, interactive features, photos and written stories.

After the work is published, we will also create a DVD, hosts screenings/forums in Seattle, and submit the documentary to film festivals and journalism competitions. 

Thank you again for your support in sharing these incredible stories!

Curious about previous series from The Common Language Project? Check out the audio slideshow on water walkers in East Africa or this video on Iraqi refugees in limbo. 

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A heartfelt thank you + a credit in the film!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    40 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    A rad Common Language Project sticker & button + everything above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    22 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Just added to $15 level: Everything above PLUS a digital download of the project with a transgender/media tool kit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    49 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    A funky fresh postcard from Thailand + everything above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    33 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    A DVD copy of the documentary in a custom screen printed case + everything above

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    47 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    A photo print of your choosing from Thailand + everything above

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Two tickets to a Seattle screening of the film + a custom screenprinted poster by the filmmakers (secretly talented print makers!) + everything above

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    A secret gift from Thailand hand selected by the filmmakers + everything above

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Two VIP tickets to a Seattle screening + a producer credit in the film + everything above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    A private Indy Filmmaking 101 workshop with Sara & Dacia (in person or by Skype) + everything above

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    A personal photo shoot with your friends, family, or just yourself! + everything above (available only in the Northwest region)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Custom logo and branding package for your creative endeavor (project, website, business) + everything above

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    A private screening of the documentary in your town + Q&A with the filmmakers + everything above (Available only in the U.S)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (25 days)