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Meet Jake


Jake's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Jake (he/they) is a Two Spirit, Native trans masculine person from New Mexico seeking top surgery.

Jake is currently a stay-at-home parent to a young child. "I unfortunately do not have any savings, and my long-term partner and I have decided to end our relationship, so I'm in the process of starting over," Jake shares. "I come from a poor family, and one that does not support my decision for top surgery. I have exhausted my savings to support my child."

Thankfully, Jake's tribe helps financially support part of their transition-related care, though surgery has remained out of reach.

Jake is an artist who loves traveling and showing his son as much of the world as possible.

Jake's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Jake 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 Jake'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.