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Meet Frank

Frank's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Frank (he/him) is a 24-year old trans man who cannot recall a time when he has been able to take his hormones on a regular basis due to financial difficulties over the years. "I'm so grateful to have received this grant, as I can now take my medication as prescribed for a whole year!"

Frank feels as if sometimes he is an outcast in society, considering he is a lot different than most people. Although he may seem different to others, he is a pretty simple guy who just wants to build a family, live frugally, and live a simple life. Frank shares that he would not be here today without gender-affirming healthcare. There have been many times where he has not been able to afford hormones, and times where he has had to stretch out his hormones to last for a longer period of time. He functions in a better way when he is able to take his hormones on a regular basis. 

Frank's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    October 19, 2023

    Frank was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Testosterone+

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