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Meet Fay


Fay's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Fay (she/her) is a 20-year-old trans woman seeking HRT.  She lives in a constant state of feeling caged due to the unsupportive family members and friends. She has been struggling financially in terms of job hunting and is barely able to make ends meet on her current income. After being rejected by her own mother at 19 for simply being herself, Fay has been trying to escape her toxic home life all while managing her transition for her own well-being.

"I've been going back and forth in trying to access gender-affirming care for years," Fay shares. "Now, I can finally start my life. Be myself fully. No more stifling who I am by feeling like I'm hiding my entire self."

Fay describes herself as a loving creative, the embodiment of empathy with love for all around her. She is both a singer and writer looking to spread the message of acceptance and compassion.

Fay's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    October 8, 2023

    Fay was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Estrogen+

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