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Meet Athena

Athena's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Athena (she/her) shared, "Living in such a small and conservative area, trans health options are very limited. Traveling to a bigger city that has affirming health care has always been one of my biggest concerns because I don’t feel comfortable going far out of state to receive the help I need to start my journey."

Athena describes herself as a a lover of music, art, and video games. She spends a lot of time working on hobbies and doing what she can to make the world a better place. "Receiving gender affirming healthcare would mean the absolute most to me," she said, "Gender dysphoria is really hard to deal with and I do my best to lower it as much as I can, but starting my medical journey would help the most for me."

Athena's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 22, 2022

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

    September 8, 2022

    Athena was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    January 9, 2023

    Athena shared, "Honestly life has continued on as normal, I feel lighter and better about myself more than I have before I started HRT. It's made me realize that HRT was a huge step in the right direction, although the changes are small to anyone else, to me they are huge and life changing. ".

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Athena'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.