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Meet Adé

Adé's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Adé (they/them) has desired HRT for years but was unable to begin due to overwhelming financial challenges, housing insecurity, discrimination, and lack of access to healthcare. Adé is a neurodivergent artist and dreamworker committed to unearthing errant, vital imaginaries and fruits of liberation possible here and now. They are currently working on a lyric essay that evokes the image of the mermaid as an emblem of disability.

"Receiving this affirming aid cushions residual emotional and psychological trauma impacted by harm and neglect," they shared. They feel joy in the possibility, now, to gift gratitude to my body for surviving so much. They are thankful for this access to a special journey toward self-fulfillment, agency, and pleasure.

Adé's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 22, 2022

    Adé was awarded a grant toward HRT/GaHT!
  • HRT Onboarding Date

    September 11, 2022

    Adé was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Adé's care.

What is it?

Estrogen+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans women, trans femme, and non-binary people take that result in physical changes which align with their gender identity. Every person's preferences and personal healthcare needs vary, so this can include oral medications, injections, and transdermal patches.

How accessible is it for trans folks to receive this care?

For trans folks who live in states most impacted by anti-trans healthcare legislation, it can be extremely difficult to find a knowledgeable, trans-affirming provider as well as access prescription medication. Many insurance plans do not cover HRT. For trans folks without insurance coverage, the ongoing out-of-pocket expense can be challenging.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Estogen+ introduces a wide range of feminizing physical, emotional, and psychological changes that align with their gender identity. This often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, increased safety when in public, and better opportunities at employment and more.