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Meet Finch


Finch's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Finch (he/him) is a 21-year-old disabled trans man seeking top surgery. After having a rapid decline in health two years ago, he had to quit his job and move home to receive medical care. He used what little money he had saved for doctor’s appointments and medication thinking his full abilities would return, which was not the case. After insurance refused to cover top surgery, he had to stop both HRT and gender-affirmative counseling due to financial reasons. Now, Finch attends school online and is unable to return to work or further pursue his transition. As a result, he feels as though he’s lost part of himself.

Finch is a long-time artist and passionate disability advocate. Since his decline in health, Finch has not been able to bind or even wear a sports bra for more than a few hours without serious pain and discomfort. He is excited to feel both the mental and physical freedom top surgery will bring him.

Finch's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Finch was granted a Surgery Fund Award!

Grant details

$11,205 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

On average, it costs $12,000+ for Finch'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.