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Meet Jamie

Jamie's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Jamie (he/they) is a 20-year-old trans masculine person. He's also full-time college student who works almost full-time on top of classes in order to make ends meet and support himself. Jamie has battled with his chronic illness as an individual living with Lupus and has pushed through the pain and busy schedule of college in order to attempt to afford the hormone therapy he desperately needs to feel right in his own body and feel respected among his peers, but has been unable to afford HRT despite his best efforts.

"Through hormone therapy, I will finally feel comfortable presenting as I've always wanted to, and hope to feel more accepted among peers at my conservative college," Jamie shares.

He is an English major aspiring to one day attend graduate school and become a professor of English. He is also an active member of the local journalism community, writing about important political matters in the local community as well as his home state.

Jamie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    October 20, 2023

    Jamie was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

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