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Meet Charlie


Charlie's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Charlie (they/ey) is a single parent to two kids and political science student struggling to stay on HRT. Their financial need has been so significant that they are donating plasma and living on loans to get by. It's also been challenging for Charlie to find a primary care doctor who is trans competent and affirming, and their insurance and state legislation now excludes coverage for necessary care like HRT and surgery.

"This is a huge weight lifted," Charlie shares. "I had given up hope and worried I'd have to stop HRT when my T gel prescription runs out any day now... The thought was a huge source of constant anxiety and pain. Now I can breathe."

They describe themselves as a "hater of capitalism, lover of learning, and serial hobbyist" currently passionate about skincare, sewing, and park quad skating.

Charlie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    November 21, 2023

    Charlie 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 Charlie'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.