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Meet Evan


Evan's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Evan (he/him) is a Black Muslim trans man from Virginia. Despite what others may say, he believes there is a place for gender diverse people in the Muslim community. Previously, he worked as a teacher, but he is between jobs at the moment. Balancing his disabilities, religious identity, and gender identity has been challenging, but he’s looking for a way to move forward with them all. This year, Evan has had the chance to explore and solidify his gender identity and the joy of the journey has been a beacon of light during this dark year. In the future, he hopes to continue his study of Chinese minority languages and ethnicities. In the meantime, he’s considering careers in firefighting or emergency medical services.

Evan's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Evan was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    January 18, 2022

    Evan shared, "It means finally being recognized as my true gender by others. It hasn't happened yet, but as my voice depends and facial hair grows, I imagine I'll be read properly soon. I've started a teacher training program that builds on my current experience. It should finish by the summer, then I'll complete my supervised field hours to get my license. ".

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Evan's care.

What is it?

Testosterone+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans men, trans masc, 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?

Testosterone+ introduces a wide range of masculinizing 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.