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Meet Jae


Jae's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Jae (she/her) is a 23-year-old Black trans woman from Mississippi seeking breast augmentation. While Jae is employed, she only makes enough to cover the cost of basic living expenses like bills, food, and hygiene necessities. Jae has health insurance through the marketplace, but gender-affirming care is excluded in her plan.

"I consider moving to a different state where I can have access to resources and trans-inclusive healthcare, but right now, I'm just trying to keep my head above water," Jae shares.

Jae loves makeup, karaoke, singing, and dancing.

Jae's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Jae was granted a Surgery Fund Award!

Grant details

$8,150 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About MTF Top Surgery

On average, it costs $9,000+ for Jae's care.

What is it?

MTF top surgery is typically a breast augmentation, a surgical procedure aimed at increasing the size or improving the shape of the breasts. The procedure is customized to each individual’s desired outcome.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

Prior to care, many trans femme folks experience dysphoria that impacts their daily life. We commonly hear from applicants that they feel “simply incomplete” without access to care, which often leads to less confidence, safety when in public, and access to life opportunities.

How accessible is it for trans folks to receive this care?

Breast augmentation is often considered a cosmetic surgery and is therefore unlikely to be covered by insurance.  It can also be hard for trans femme folks to find affirming surgeons in their region, especially in states and regions most impacted 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.