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Meet Avery

Avery's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Avery (they/he/she) has struggled with many challenges in the last several years since going no contact with their family. Due to medical conditions, they are unable to work, and rely on their partner for support. Avery lives in East Texas, and while there are some queer-friendly spaces, there are also many people who are not tolerant to trans people. "A lot of bigoted people give you that side eye glare," Avery says. "I don't like going out because of this." Avery sees access to HRT as self-care: "It will feel amazing to finally take this step towards my mental health. I am finally at a place in my life where everything is settling down, and now I can finally take the time to nurture myself and my needs." Avery is an animal lover with 6 cats. They enjoy drawing and hope to become a tattoo artist in the future.

Avery's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 8, 2024

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

    March 12, 2024

    Avery was seen by their 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 Avery'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.