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Meet Eboni


Eboni's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Eboni (she/her) is a 54-year-old trans woman seeking body augmentation. For many years, Eboni fought a losing battle to find a doctor in her area of upstate South Carolina who would prescribe the HRT to trans people. When she finally found one that was willing to do so, her insurance company refused coverage. 

Eboni first became an activist without knowing it: in the 1980s, she watched many of her friends die from the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Despite the challenges going on in her own life, she sheltered as many people as she could until their last days, and gathered resources to support and prevent so many other early deaths. To this day, Eboni continues to sacrifice so she can feed and finance loved ones in her life; her remaining finances barely keep a roof over her head.

Eboni shares, "If only people could meet the person on the inside first, then they would openly welcome trans folks." She says that once her surgery is complete, "I will have the confidence to sit at the tables that were previously unobtainable to trans women and be taken more seriously." 

Eboni's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 30, 2023

    Eboni was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    May 14, 2024

    Eboni had surgery with Professional Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL!

  • Update

    June 11, 2024

    Eboni shared, "Point of Pride has changed my life tremendously. As a 56-year-old transwoman who works in advocacy, there are a few small victories in life. Being presented with this opportunity and now being post-op, I have a smile that I forgot that I own. I have confidence that I don't think I ever had. This has been an experience from start to finish and the staff at Point of Pride has gone on the journey with me from start to finish without waiver.

    I could never thank you enough for the confidence and the smile that I now have, that I've not been able to share in over 50 years.


Grant details

$12,000 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Body Contouring

On average, it costs $13,500+ for Eboni's care.

What is it?

Body contouring refers to a series of surgical procedures (often through liposuction) aimed at reshaping and sculpting the body to change its appearance to be more traditionally feminine or more traditionally masculine.

How accessible is it for trans folks to receive this care?

Body contouring is generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure, and so it is unlikely that health insurance will cover the cost. It can also be hard for trans femme folks to find trans-affirming surgeons in their region.