Skip to content

Meet Ezra


Ezra's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Ezra (they/them) is a 23-year-old disabled non-binary trans person. The dysphoria Ezra's chest causes affects their ability to feel comfortable in their own skin, damaging their self-confidence and triggering mental breakdowns as a result. They shared, "Receiving top surgery will allow me to feel at home in my own body: to look in the mirror and recognize the person who stares back at me."

As a result of their disabilities and people in their life who are unaccepting of them, they've faced a number of setbacks. Despite challenges, they are currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree, with the goal of using their degree to enhance the sexual and mental health of the LGBTQ+ community. They also aim to continue volunteering at wildlife centers because they are passionate about both nature and animals.

Ezra also enjoys a range of creative interests outside of their professional endeavors, including digital and traditional art, animation, and jewelry/craft making.

Ezra's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 28, 2022

    Ezra was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    June 17, 2022

    Ezra successfully completed surgery with Dr. Facque!

Grant details

$8,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About FTM Top Surgery

On average, it costs $12,000+ for Ezra's care.

What is it?

FTM/N top surgery is a surgical procedure that removes breast tissue and reshapes the chest contour to create a more traditionally masculine or gender-neutral appearance.

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

Prior to care, many trans masc people experience dysphoria that impacts their daily life. One of the most common and heartbreaking experiences we hear from applicants is that they cannot give hugs to their loved ones without feeling intense distress with their chest. In addition, reliance on chest binding can cause strain over long periods of time.

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

While top surgery is often categorized as a covered benefit in many insurance plans, the reality is that it's frequently denied coverage. Many people report unsuccessful attempts to appeal for coverage. In addition, finding skilled surgeons experienced in performing top surgery can be extremely challenging, particularly in states and regions most affected 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.