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Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Elizabeth Elizabeth (she/her) is currently the co-chair of the Northern Virginia Trans Allies group, an outspoken advocate and speaker who works to raise trans awareness, and a 100% disabled GI vet going to college on the GI bill for a graduate degree in Women and Gender Studies. At her university, she works with the LGBTQ office and is currently trying to put a preferred name policy into place to protect trans students on campus. But more than that, we were moved by her personal story and the optimism she expressed about her journey, her identity as a woman, and her life as it is today.

Elizabeth's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 1, 2016

    Elizabeth was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    November 29, 2016

    Elizabeth has successfully completed surgery!

Grant details

$2,300 towards gender-affirming care.

About MTF Top Surgery

On average, it costs $9,000+ for Elizabeth's care.

What is it?

MTF top surgery is typically a breast augmentation, a surgical procedure aimed at increasing the size or improving the shape of the breasts. The procedure is customized to each individual’s desired outcome.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

Prior to care, many trans femme folks experience dysphoria that impacts their daily life. We commonly hear from applicants that they feel “simply incomplete” without access to care, which often leads to less confidence, safety when in public, and access to life opportunities.

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

Breast augmentation is often considered a cosmetic surgery and is therefore unlikely to be covered by insurance.  It can also be hard for trans femme folks to find affirming surgeons in their region, especially in states and regions most impacted 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.