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Meet Dani

Dani's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient


Dani (he/they) is a 33-year-old trans man seeking top surgery. They are currently dealing with housing insecurity, though Dani hopes once they are post-op and at home in their body, they will be able to find a home in the world.

Dani is a multimedia artist dedicated to using their talents to spark much needed dialogue and healing in the world.

They share, "Receiving gender-affirming healthcare will will immediately make me feel aligned in body, mind, and spirit." They are eager to heal so they can pursue their goals and live their lives more fully.

Dani's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 30, 2023

    Dani was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    August 1, 2023

    Dani had surgery with Dr. Garramone!

Grant details

$10,000 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

On average, it costs $12,000+ for Dani'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.