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Meet Bailey

Bailey's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Bailey (they/he) is a 25-year-old non-binary person seeking HRT for their transition. Due to SSI and restrictions placed on Medicaid coverage for transgender healthcare in the state of Florida, Bailey was unable to afford and access the care they needed. Due to their disability, they've also had trouble holding employment, and while they work currently, dysphoria has affected their work performance and mental health.

They look forward to the day they can see themselves in the mirror for who they truly are and to gain self confidence and happiness. "I am hopeful my body and voice will align with my non-binary gender identity, and give me the courage to change my legal name," says Bailey. "It would mean starting a new chapter in my life as who I truly am."

Bailey works at a veterinary receptionist, where they help schedule clients for healthcare for their pets (and shower the patients with love.) Their goal is to go back to school and work in a library or archive. They're a digital artist with a particular fondness for Dungeons and Dragons. Most importantly, Bailey is a caring, passionate person who has hope for the acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Bailey's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    September 27, 2023

    Bailey was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    January 6, 2024

    Bailey shared, "My quality of life has improved since receiving the grant! I've been able to focus on my transition and not the difficult cost of it. I've been able to enjoy the subtle changes of my HRT and the medical care I receive from Folx. Access to HRT means I can gain confidence in myself, be proud of who I see in the mirror and hear out loud. It means enjoying the euphoria when I hit those milestones in my transition. For long-term goals, it means I can plan for chest reduction surgery and name change. Most importantly, I can finally be myself. During my transition, I've started growing facial and body hair (yay!) and my voice is slight deeper. I have more energy throughout the day, which allows me to do better at work and social gatherings with friends. My mental health has improved, which has helped me with my friendships, and I got a raise at my job!".
  • Update

    March 27, 2024

    Bailey shared, "My quality of life has improved considerably! It has boosted my self esteem and helped me appreciate trans joy and beauty. I feel happier most days than not, and while I still struggle with mental illness, I have more courage to face daily challenges. Having access to HRT means another chance to live life as myself. It means surviving and thriving in this harsh world and saving my life.My HRT journey has been incredible. The way my body looks and feels aligns more closely to my nonbinary identity. My voice brings me the most joy! I sing with all my heart and don't feel ashamed of it!".

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Estrogen+

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