Scots chef pays privately for transition after five years wait and hopes it is ‘final piece’ in happy life

A Scots chef has shared the effect that having top surgery will have on their life after a five year wait.

Taylor Wolfe, 25, of Edinburgh, has made the decision to get the surgery privately, after feeling as though they had “fallen through the system” as a result of the pandemic.

Taylor admits gender clinics are already pushed to the brink, but Covid lockdowns led to even further backlogs – and they were just one of the many left in a long queue for treatment.

It led Taylor to work hard during the past year to try and afford the operation themselves, which has been scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022.

They told Edinburgh Live that the change will finally help them feel like their true selves.

Taylor said: “I first had an inkling at around 16 or 17, and then I actually got referred to at 19, so it’s been about a five year wait to have this done.

“The gender clinics are definitely underfunded. During Covid there was lots of issues, I had actually been referred to a private doctor who took on contracts for the NHS but during Covid they dropped their contract and I feel like I kind of just fell through the system.

“When that happened I just thought, I could try and do this myself and hopefully do it in a year.

“For me, it feels like I have spent a lot of time transitioning and really finding myself, and I know that this will be the final piece for me to live life freely as myself.”

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Raising around £6,000 without the support of family, Taylor has now launched a fundraiser to help cover the costs of their recovery time, when they will be unable to work.

Taylor has now launched a fundraiser to help cover the costs of their recovery time
Taylor has now launched a fundraiser to help cover the costs of their recovery time

Due to the nature of their job, Taylor explained that they will have to take around 10 weeks away from the kitchen, and their normal pay check.

They added: “I’m getting excited about the surgery but it is daunting, as it’s a big operation and you’re in overnight. The recovery time is around 10 weeks and I’ll only be getting statutory sick pay for that time.

“As I’m a chef, I can’t really go back to work straight away.

“The surgery was around £5,800 and then you had to pay a further £400 for the initial appointment, but any complications or additional extras are included in that.

“I have managed to save for the cost of the surgery, but it’s the recovery time that I will need money to pay my rent and bills, and have a bit of a safety net.”

After launching a GoFundMe earlier this year, the 25-year-old has seen several hundred pounds donated to help their transition journey.

Hoping they will be able to raise awareness of the issue, Taylor said: “I think it’s amazing that the NHS do offer the surgery, but not a lot of people are able to get it in the end and a lot of people like me are let down.

“It’s really is essential to people in the trans community to get this, so it’s been really overwhelming to have people donating to the fundraiser, it’s really amazing and humbling.

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“In the back of my mind, the biggest thing would be if I raised enough to cover myself, and then anything left over I would love to donate to some LGBT charities and help to raise awareness.”

You can donate to Taylor’s transition fundraiser here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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