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Meet Jensen


Jensen's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Jensen (they/them) is a 22-year-old non-binary person seeking revisions to a past failed surgery and body contouring. In their life, they have experienced a great deal of disparity as an impoverished, Autistic, and disabled chronic trauma and abuse survivor.

Jensen only receives a small amount of income to survive off of through SSI. They have been persistent and dedicated and have tried every avenue to afford or access the gender-affirming healthcare they need. Jensen's insurance denied their care, and bills were passed in the state where Jensen lives that have made it illegal for Jensen to access care without paying for it themselves. Jensen's reality is that access to gender affirming healthcare simply would not be possible without significant financial assistance.

Jensen is an empathetic, compassionate, personable, deeply caring person who is a passionate activist for intersectional marginalized people's rights and liberation. They are a dreamer who imagines a world built on community care and harm reduction. Envisioning spaces were marginalized people can be free, joyous, connected, safe, have autonomy, and live the lives they desire for themselves.

"I can finally envision the embodiment of freedom, wholeness, comfortability, safety—of being able to share deeper emotional and physical closeness with my loved ones—from alignment with my body," Jensen shares. "I am excited to just exist post-op. I see myself as having a more hopeful outlook and being able to move through the world with more grace, assurance, and pride."

Jensen's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Jensen was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Consultation Date

    April 10, 2024

    Jensen had a consultation with Dr. Danker!

  • Care Received

    June 18, 2024

    Jensen had surgery with Dr. Sara Danker at the University of Miami!

Grant details

$7,567 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Body Contouring

On average, it costs $13,500+ for Jensen's care.

What is it?

Body contouring refers to a series of surgical procedures (often through liposuction) aimed at reshaping and sculpting the body to change its appearance to be more traditionally feminine or more traditionally masculine.

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

Body contouring is generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure, and so it is unlikely that health insurance will cover the cost. It can also be hard for trans femme folks to find trans-affirming surgeons in their region.