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Meet Caleb


Caleb's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

During the pandemic, Caleb (they/them) lost their health insurance and their housing. As someone who is navigating bipolar disorder, depressive episodes, and asthma, this led to increasing challenges and expenses. They are currently staying in Air BnBs, supporting themselves on a stipend from a coding bootcamp and facing increasing debt while struggling to access housing, food, and other expenses. This grant will help them start their HRT journey and take one concern off their plate.

Caleb's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 12, 2021

    Caleb was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

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