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Meet Juniper

Juniper's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Juniper (she/her) is a trans woman attempting to find herself in the face of adversity. Due to financial and social hurdles, she has struggled to safely pursue her transition without discrimination or sacrifice. Deceptive and prejudice healthcare and insurance practices have also complicated her journey, among other difficulties. She is incredibly grateful and relieved to know that despite other hardships, she will be able to pursue the body she was meant to have, no matter what.

"With this extra stability and safety, I can prioritize my mental health and continue my ever-evolving adventure towards self-realization," Juniper shares, adding: "Carpe Diem!" Juniper enjoys exploring countless worlds through literature, movies, music, and tabletop roleplaying games. She also finds great love in drawing her own characters and worlds.

Juniper's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    October 23, 2023

    Juniper was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    November 13, 2023

    Juniper shared, "Things are still looking up! Since starting progesterone 2 weeks ago I feel a lot less depressed and am definitely doing better. Being able to take progesterone is only because I'm not having to worry about the financial implications right now, and it's really helping improve my life. I'm eating a bit better and trying to gain weight and get out of being underweight. Thank you."
  • Update

    December 14, 2023

    Juniper shared, "Access has meant I worry much less about the foundation of my transition (HRT) and I can instead focus on other aspects!".
  • Update

    February 2, 2024

    Juniper shared, "Life is good. I feel great, I'm happy, I have more energy, and more and more I wake up with a smile, ready to face the day. I don't think this level of happiness would be possible without HRT. I'm actually able to think about the long-term goals I want to set and achieve instead of dreading every single day and I'm actually having good days. I got my first femme haircut!! And because I feel so much better about myself on HRT, I went out in public in a dress for the first time!!".
  • Update

    May 3, 2024

    Juniper shared, "Life is good!! Things are going a lot easier and I'm so glad to have less stress about access to HRT. It's really made a difference and I am so, so grateful to be where I am now."

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Juniper's care.

What is it?

Estrogen+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans women, trans femme, 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?

Estogen+ introduces a wide range of feminizing 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.