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Meet Azrael

Azrael's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Azrael (he/him) is a 20-year-old trans man living with significant financial challenges. As an immigrant and college student, he could barely afford textbooks for classes at times, let alone afford healthcare needs. Often, Azrael found himself having to decide whether to buy food to eat or HRT. As a result, he gave up, and resigned himself to never being able to feel happy in his own skin.

Now, Azrael is full of hope: "I can't wait to finally sound the way I should, to look the way I want, to have facial hair. I'm excited for the masculine changes in my body and voice to come." Azrael is also a poet and loves arts and crafts. He often crochets clothing items for friends and family.

Azrael's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    November 8, 2023

    Azrael was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    February 18, 2024

    Azrael shared, "I am so much more happier and with every change more at home in my body. Thank you! [Access to HRT] means life is worth living again and someday in the future I’ll look in the mirror and really see myself."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

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