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Meet Aria

Aria's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Aria (she/her) is a 27-year-old trans woman who has been out for several years. Due to financial challenges and recent housing insecurity, she has been unable to take on the additional expenses of starting HRT. When she first attempted to begin the process, she was given the run-around on requirements and how to start. Although she was living as herself socially, she still felt like she was missing something, and did not know when (or if) that would change. Now, she is elated and eager to see how she grows into the person she has always been inside. "I can't wait for people to see me as I truly am," she says, "and for all the fun outfits I'll be able to show off!"

Aria is an artist through and through: between music (her true love) to painting, drawing, and poetry, she loves to create and wants to give back to the world however she can. A carefree spirit, she loves to make people smile, and to spread joy whenever possible.

Aria's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 25, 2023

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

    October 31, 2023

    Aria 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 Aria'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.