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Meet Alex


Alex's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Alex (they/he) is a 23-year-old trans masc enby seeking continued access to HRT. They are disabled and have had difficulties with employment and access to health insurance. They have tried to fundraise for immediate expenses from time to time with little success. This made it difficult to afford hormones and has resulted in several gaps in their care. Alex is relieved and thankful to have access to HRT for the coming year.

They said, “My mental health is much better on T. I have a lot more stability, which lets me take better care of myself. Not having to worry about affording it for the next year is a really big deal and will let me focus more on the other things I’m dealing with.” Alex spends much of their free time with their friends. They enjoy Dungeons and Dragons and various creative activities such as writing, drawing, and crocheting.

Alex's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    October 12, 2023

    Alex was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    January 24, 2024

    Alex shared, "The HRT Grant has given me one less thing to worry about while I'm going through financial hardship. It's comforting to know that I will have access to my hormones, and I can focus on affording food and rent. My brain and body are more stable on testosterone, so my mental health especially gets a boost. Because my HRT costs are covered, I'm able to maintain my transition while I'm unable to afford medical care. I'm starting to have more facial hair growth, it's finally filling in more instead of only growing on my neck and sideburns."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Alex's care.

What is it?

Testosterone+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans men, trans masc, 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?

Testosterone+ introduces a wide range of masculinizing 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.