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Meet Angel


Angel's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Angel (he/him) is a trans man of color from Texas currently seeking top surgery. Angel has a physical disability and receives SSI, which is "just enough for my rent and cell phone bill." The SSI has a cap on the number of hours he is able to work, which affects his ability to save towards care. He juggles part-time employment with their education as a current university student.

Access to gender-affirming care has been transformative for Angel. "I can’t explain the joy I have had as I see who I am becoming: I am healthier, mentally and spiritually," he shares. "I can't wait to give back to my community by teaching art and inspiring future generations to become their best possible version of themselves."

Angel's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Angel was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Consultation Date

    April 26, 2024

    Angel had a consultation with Dr. Danny Hanna!

Grant details

$8,100 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

On average, it costs $12,000+ for Angel's 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.