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Meet Erin


Erin's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Erin (she/her) is from the Deep South and struggles with finding acceptance, let alone medical access. Her family has distanced themselves from her, which has been emotionally taxing. At her job, she facing constant verbal and sexual harassment but needs to keep the job given the current circumstances. Erin is excited to no longer feel like she is navigating her transition alone.

Erin's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 19, 2021

    Erin was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    October 29, 2021

    Erin shared, "As I notice myself blossoming, I note that I'm all the more particular on who I let I'm my sphere of influence. Just because someone flashes a smile in my face doesn't me they're worth my time."
  • Update

    January 14, 2022

    Erin shared, "I'm getting to the point where my 'T' isn't the end-all be-all of me...I'm allowed for my quick-wit,charm, grace, wisdom, spunk to show. My main goal is to blend in with the regular female populace (physically vocally and legally) without the : "You know 'she's' a TS"(which can be VERY problematic and sometimes dangerous for TS Women) being thrown in my face. I can choose to stay in a blue collar job, start a business, or even just save money and not work at all. Or even simply interact with people normally and inspire others that things will get better irregardless of what life experiences you see through your eyes".
  • Update

    May 8, 2022

    Erin shared, "Well slowly but surely I'm seeing more changes. And whilst I'm metamorphosing on the outside I'm continuing to strengthen the my character on the inside to be far more mentally and emotionally resilient. I still may get misgendered by coworkers but it doesn't affect me because I know that they capping. Even though I face a considerable amount of pushback from work and family I'm not pressed because when I move through society it's pretty discernable that I'm perceived as a woman. All I hope for as long term goals is just to have a stable job or career and not have "TS Girl " be my only identity, but [to be recognized for] my work ethic and personality."

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Erin'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.