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Meet Anthony

Anthony's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Anthony (he/him) is a 28-year-old trans guy seeking gender affirming hormone therapy. As an LGBTQ+ Mexican immigrant in the U.S., Anthony has encountered several barriers in trying to be his true self, including cultural and financial ones.

After a 24 year long journey to obtain U.S. citizenship, Anthony was ready to start HRT—then COVID-19 took the world by storm. After he and his wife experienced several hardships, Anthony decided to delay his transition until they could reach financial stability. Anthony has a passion for human rights, advocacy, and helping others. Having held several positions in his community within the Victim Services field, Anthony has helped people from all walks of life.

An aspiring author, Anthony hopes to be able to mesh his passion for writing and advocacy so he can use words to help others in their own life journeys. He is very optimistic for life after starting HRT. Anthony shared, “I am beyond thankful for this opportunity, and I can’t even put into words how much this means. I have waited all my life just to be my true self, and now I get the chance to do it. I know this will greatly improve my quality of life and help me become the best husband, son, brother, and dog dad I can be!”

Anthony's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 22, 2022

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

    October 1, 2022

    Anthony was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Anthony'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.