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Meet Ezio

Ezio's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Ezio (they/them) shared, "I came out to some close friends about medically transitioning, and then jumped through many hoops in the years that followed before I finally got my HRT approved. However, I then received a letter that I would not be covered as I was not a cis male. My medical team at the time did not advocate for me, and so I finally found medication outside of the system."

Ezio describes themself as an artist, musician, and plant parent. "I practice meditation, and love art and music because it has always helped me center myself in hard times. I'm multi-racial and always take time to honor my ancestors. I'm neurodivergent and love the way my brain is wired. I enjoy helping and uplifting others in need, and volunteering when I can." Ezio is excited to get back to focusing on other parts of their transition and to lift the "brain fog" once again. "Having my HRT covered is such a relief off my shoulders."

Ezio's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 22, 2022

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

    September 9, 2022

    Ezio was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Ezio'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.