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Meet Atlas


Atlas's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Atlas (he/him) is a 23-year-old neurodivergent trans man seeking top surgery. He is a domestic violence and CSA survivor, and has had to be financially independent since age 18 when he made it out of that situation. Living paycheck to paycheck, saving up any money for top surgery has been a virtually unattainable dream for him.

Atlas has a great love for art, technology, education, and his cats. Atlas' dream is to become a high school teacher; he wants to be a positive adult figure for teens who may lack support at home like he did when he was younger.

"Top surgery will be the last piece in the puzzle for me to feel completely comfortable in my body," Atlas shares. He has had to deal with a large chest and being unable to bind due to sensory and anxiety issues. Since starting testosterone, nearly every other aspect of his dysphoria has been greatly alleviated, the only issue remaining is his chest. "I'm excited to finally feel free."

Atlas's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Atlas was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Consultation Date

    March 26, 2024

    Atlas had a consultation with Dr. Scott Mosser!

Grant details

$9,800 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

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