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Meet Andres


Andres' story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Andres (they/he) is a non-binary person of Native descent seeking top surgery. Andres lives with a disability that has impacted their ability to work. They also have student loans and significant medical debt due to frequent hospitalizations, meaning it's very hard to afford basic living expenses, let alone save towards gender-affirming care.

"I have had a lot of setbacks in my life from chronic illness, but despite it all, I am first and foremost a proud Indigenous person. And I'm proud of being trans and Autistic because I think it makes me a more empathetic and caring person," Andres shares. "I didn't always think I would make it this far, but I have, and I thank my ancestors for getting me here."

Andres' timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Andres was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Consultation Date

    June 4, 2024

    Andres had a consultation with a surgeon!

Grant details

$14,300 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

On average, it costs $12,000+ for Andres' care.

What is it?

FTM/N top surgery is a surgical procedure that removes breast tissue and reshapes the chest contour to create a more traditionally masculine or gender-neutral appearance.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

Prior to care, many trans masc people experience dysphoria that impacts their daily life. One of the most common and heartbreaking experiences we hear from applicants is that they cannot give hugs to their loved ones without feeling intense distress with their chest. In addition, reliance on chest binding can cause strain over long periods of time.

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

While top surgery is often categorized as a covered benefit in many insurance plans, the reality is that it's frequently denied coverage. Many people report unsuccessful attempts to appeal for coverage. In addition, finding skilled surgeons experienced in performing top surgery can be extremely challenging, particularly in states and regions most affected by anti-trans healthcare legislation.

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

Many trans folks who undergo top surgery report massive improvements to their overall well-being and mental health, leading to increased confidence and more comfort in relationships, navigating public spaces, and more.