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Meet Blake-JordenW

Blake-Jorden's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient


Blake-Jorden’s story, like so many others’ stories, was inspiring. In his application, he shared a lot of his story growing up and coming out as trans: his experiences being forced to wear femme clothing or wigs when around family, living with housing insecurity and sleeping in his car, his efforts rebuilding a relationship with his parents, and other struggles and triumphs. We were also touched by his reflection on how the Pulse tragedy impacted him. Blake-Jorden currently works as a costume character, which he shared makes binding his chest all the more hot and uncomfortable. He one day hopes to become a first responder/firefighter.

Blake-Jorden's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 22, 2018

    Blake-JordenW was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    April 12, 2018

    Blake-Jorden successfully completed surgery with Dr. Salgado!

Grant details

$5,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About FTM Top Surgery

On average, it costs $12,000+ for Blake-Jorden'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.