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Meet Harold

Harold's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Harold (they/them) is dilbaa náhleeh (Diné 2-spirit), though they also identify as nonbinary outside of a cultural context. They are a character designer and digital artist and love to draw. They also love playing all sorts of video games and their favorite color is orange. Harold has been socially transitioning for about 11 years. Now they are finally starting to medically transition. Harold says, “I am super excited to start this process and beyond grateful for this amazing opportunity.”

Harold's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Harold was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    October 28, 2021

    Harold shared, "Things have been great! I've been correctly gendered over phone calls, my friends have complimented my voice change, my partner has noted my mood improvement (and enjoys my facial hair between shaves), and the family members that I still talk to have also been getting my pronouns right more frequently. Access to HRT means that I can be one step closer to feeling truly happy in my own body. Not only does it bring me euphoria to see myself change in ways I had always hoped to, but in public, people more often see me as the person I have longed to be."
  • Update

    January 25, 2022

    Harold shared, "Overall, I have been much happier and more comfortable. I also have more energy, which has helped me in a variety of ways including losing weight. [Access to HRT] means getting to thrive instead of just living, as well as feeling comfortable in my own skin."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

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