Transgender Porn Site Trans500 Is Offering To Pay For Reassignment Surgeries, And Their Reasons Are Really Wonderful

Following Bruce Jenner’s coming out as a woman, a transgender porn site says it will pay for sexual reassignment surgeries via a grant fund for those who might not be able to afford it. The main investor for the site, Ross Bleustein, told the Daily Dot that he was so moved by Bruce Jenner's bravery in coming out about his gender identity that he decided to do something for the transgender community. Bleustein will be providing the funds for the grant, along with profits from the porn site, Trans500.

Though the amount of money that will be allotted to applicants or the costs covered by the grant are not yet clear, Bleustein is very dedicated to this cause. “The Bruce Jenner story got me so emotional,” said Bleustein in an interview with the Daily Dot. “But Bruce Jenner can afford the hormones and the surgery, and this can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is for the little boy who’s been struggling with this through adolescence and teenage years. That’s who I’m ultimately waiting for.”

Because the porn industry faces so much backlash for the money it makes from transgender bodies without necessarily giving back to the community, the idea of a site allocating some of its funds to help members of the transgender community is refreshing, and frankly, necessary.

“As someone who runs a business dealing with hundreds if not thousands of transgender women, I know firsthand what these amazing people go through,” Bleustein said, according to a press release on xbiz.com. “I have spoken to so many of our brave and courageous models and heard stories that from a very young age they felt like they were born in the wrong body. Stories about how hard it was growing up and how the majority of them were ridiculed starting at very young age and that the discrimination still hasn’t stopped.”

Not being able to afford reassignment surgery or hormones is a harsh reality many members of the transgender community have to face, on top of living in a society that is often ignorant and unwelcoming.

"For a lot of trans people, the discrimination they face sometimes follows them for the rest of their lives because the lack of education regarding this topic has led to very little tolerance and acceptance," Bleustein said.

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