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Meet Gabriel

Gabriel's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient


Gabriel (they/them) is a trans person from New York seeking gender-affirming top surgery. 

Gabriel’s application, like so many others, really stood out to us, but we were moved by how they described the feelings of dysphoria they still experience in waves, and how they found a “chosen family” online through forums and their YouTube channel when they did not get support from their parents. Gabe also shared their financial hardship and lack of trans-related coverage by insurance, as well as how they hope to give back even more to the community as a Latino non-binary trans person.

Gabriel's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 24, 2017

    Gabriel was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    August 2, 2017

    Gabriel successfully completed surgery with Dr. Medalie!

Grant details

$2,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About FTM Top Surgery

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