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Meet CJ

CJ's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


CJ (they/them) is a non-binary individual who recently decided to seek gender affirming care after years of not being true to themselves. CJ experienced issues with other providers, and struggled with appointments being canceled without their knowledge, and accessing bloodwork and prescriptions. Their health insurance does not cover their care, and after their fiancé was laid off, attempting to continue care became impossible.

CJ enjoys working with animals, and tutoring local middle school students. CJ also loves spending time outside, camping and hiking with their dog. They are looking forward to living as their true self, and having access to a responsive care team that will work with them and answer all questions without bias.

CJ's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 22, 2022

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

    September 13, 2022

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

    December 22, 2022

    CJ shared, "My mental state is better than it would be without HRT. I am happier going out into public and am able to just be me."
  • Update

    January 14, 2023

    CJ shared, "I have been able to overcome some social anxiety and depression and am spending more time out in the world interacting with people. I know my mental health is much better with access to GAHT. Access is what gives me the ability to even be able to move towards my long-term goals. My day to day life is better, my mental health is better (despite a few setbacks in 2022) and I'm actually looking forward to what this year will bring."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

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