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Meet Emory


Emory's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Emory (she/her) is a 29-year-old trans woman living in Florida who is currently affected by the regressive conservative political climate in her state, as well as deep financial burden. She'd been on and off hormones for a few years due to mental health issues, and just when she tried to access them again, the new transphobic laws went into effect. As a result, Emory wasn't able to secure them in time and has been off hormones for months, resulting in her declining mental health.

"HRT lets me live in tandem with my inner soul," Emory shares. "It invites me to feel positive changes in both my body and mind." Because of this grant, she can also now focus on treating her ADHD so that she can properly save up towards other healthcare goals including surgeries. Emory is a self-taught artist, illustrator, designer, and sculptor who wants to eventually make a living solely off her own artwork. She's also a mother to a black cat named Mochi, loves to crochet, and dreams of one day owning a home in the Pacific Northwest.

Emory's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 14, 2023

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

    October 9, 2023

    Emory was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Emory's care.

What is it?

Estrogen+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans women, trans femme, 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?

Estogen+ introduces a wide range of feminizing 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.