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Meet Danny


Danny's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Danny (he/him) is a trans man of color from Arizona seeking top surgery. As a husband, father to three children, and the sole provider for his family, he's often struggled just to make ends meet. A recent emergency dental procedure has added extra financial strain.

"I don't receive government assistance," Danny shares. "I fall in the category that doesn't qualify but makes just enough for bills. It's not in my nature to stop trying, so I bought a truck in cash and invested in tools for handyman jobs on weekends. Unfortunately, my truck broke down soon after with the repairs draining me financially and limiting my income."

Danny describes himself as a hard-working dad, son, brother, friend, and husband. He says he likes to walk through life like a Buddhist, doing good for the world wherever he can.

Danny's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Danny was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    April 15, 2024

    Danny had surgery with Dr. Sidhbh Gallagher!

Grant details

$10,601 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

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