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Meet Amethyst

Amethyst's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Amethyst (she/her) is a 23-year-old trans woman. She shared, "All of the doctors near me have a wait list of over six months. I am eager to access a telehealth service because it will be the quickest way for me to get back on the HRT medications I need. I worry I am running out of time to get the full effects of HRT." Amethyst was previously taking estrogen but had to discontinue to the expense. She is excited at what the future holds now that she has access to the gender-affirming care she needs.

Amethyst's timeline

  • Award Granted

    August 8, 2022

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

    September 9, 2022

    Amethyst was seen by her 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 Amethyst'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.