Andrew Guy

We speak to our NSW #YourChair winner Andrew Guy about his journey as a trans person #TheProjectTV

Posted by The Project on Monday, September 7, 2015

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Medicare Gender Markers - ways to save money

A post specifically for the trans guys. I wanted to just share that medicare seems to be quite flexible with gender markers and gap item numbers. I have changed my gender marker to male in their system, and the recent surgery I had was processed through with female item numbers (due to the issue I had with medibank private changing their policy inclusions). 

In conclusion I've personally experienced that it is possible to change your gender officially with male with medicare (to get less expensive testosterone) and still put the female surgery item numbers through with them. You are just required to send the forms into their head office (as a counter assistant can't process it) and it takes about 10 days to get the medicare rebates; they then send the claim form onto a private health fund you may belong to for additional claim rebates in the same way (i.e. processing female surgery items under a male gender profile). However if you approach your private health fund directly their system can deny it, it has go through the 'medicare first claim system'.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

This is me & I like what I see

This is the most cliche'd quote I think I could come up with, but it really is true, sometimes it does really serve you to revisit your past just to see how far you've come. Being my birthday week and all (why limit it to a day I say) the biggest gift for me that I could ask for ... give your child a hug and tell them how much you love them. They'll remember it for many years to come! 



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Just one of the Lost Boy's from Peter Pan some days

Them 

I owe you an apology. I'm so very sorry I didn't take your work more seriously. You caught me off guard (when you asked to postpone) and I think you may have mistook my overwhelmingly desire to see you for rigidity. I was gutted at not seeing you on Saturday and experiencing what would have been heaven on earth. Either way, your text made me think that I'm far more interested in you than you are me. What is clear to me is that we are both very strong willed and very stubborn. Perhaps, in the end, not the best combination. I accept the damage has already been done. Please can you find it in yourself to forgive me for being a complete and utter dickhead. I don't want any bad blood between us. And we can leave it at that. Of course, I meant what I said, you will be a shining Star

Me

Apology accepted but also thank you. That needed to happen as a lesson for me, you were a fresh and lovely reminder that I am no where near ready or have the capacity in my life for anything more than what I thought was to be a night of newness with everything else I have going on. My life is my work and my love that I'm creating right now. It's difficult to comprehend if you're not me I know, but I've lost my life as it was; family, partner, friends, career, money, everything you're connected to yet I'm still here alive, it's hard, I'm just good at making it look easy. There is a reason why 30% of people who transition commit suicide, if you don't have a huge deep love to live through all that, you don't survive. So when something to do with my project calls for my attention, I have to give it, it's not artist narcissism but survival. I'm humbled and grateful that you feel what you do, truth for me unfortunately is I don't feel much for anyone right now, my heart is closed. I've copped so much from so many this past year - family right through to strangers, that I can't help but stay that way until I get these projects out to find some sort of self, strength and purpose beyond all of that. I apologise that hurt, never was my intention. I'm sure we'll stay in contact. Thanks again for your message, I appreciate it.

Them

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm so very grateful you can forgive me. I can only imagine how very difficult things have been. You are simply amazing to me! If I can give you any happiness I would be honored. I hope we can be friends. I would like very much to support you in that way. I look forward to your show. I hope to be in the front row. Let me know if you want to talk. I'm a good listener. 

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