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Meet Kai


Kai's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Kai (they/them) is a gender neutral, non-binary person of color seeking top surgery. 

Kai is currently unhoused with no job or health insurance. "My partner and I live outside. We're both disabled, making it even harder. I typically have to lie about my disabilities and health issues, plus hide the fact I'm trans here in Illinois, just to get a job interview." Because of Kai's financial instability, they've been on and off HRT for years, adding to their stress and strain.

Kai's favorite hobbies are gaming and writing music. They enjoy upbeat music and anime.

Kai's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Kai was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Consultation Date

    April 19, 2024

    Kai had a consultation with Dr. Rashid!

Grant details

$11,205 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

On average, it costs $12,000+ for Kai'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.