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Meet Amelia

Amelia's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Amelia (she/her) is a 20-year-old trans woman seeking hormone replacement therapy. She has dealt with financial restraints preventing her from affording what she considers to be a “life saving” medication. She has experienced homelessness and housing insecurity in the past, but fortunately has managed her way into an apartment. With that said, putting aside money for the cost of hormone replacement therapy would come directly from other expenses and would but her at risk of housing insecurity again.

Amelia enjoys reading, watching Netflix, spending time with her girlfriend, and giving her cat cuddles when he will allow it, which isn’t as often as she’d like. She is beyond thrilled by the opportunity to receive this grant, and looks forward to not having to ration her 3-month supply of medicine she was prescribed many months ago. "I'll have the freedom to focus on what I enjoy in life, rather than stressing about where my next dose will come from. A massive weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.

Amelia's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 22, 2022

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

    September 8, 2022

    Amelia was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Amelia'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.