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Meet Kasey


Kasey's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Kasey is a 37-year-old disabled trans man seeking top surgery. He began HRT in 2016 and despite best efforts to save funds for surgery himself, life kept getting in the way. As the caregiver to two young kids, finances often went to necessities. In addition, the Veteran Affairs does not cover trans surgery expenses, only HRT. As a result, Kasey's patience has worn thin as he is growing more uncomfortable with his appearance.

"Top surgery will be life-altering in such a positive way for me. I long for the day that I can go shirtless during the hot summers in the South and not be confined to wearing a binder every day," Kasey shares. "Access to surgery will impact my overall confidence, self-love, and mental health in such a extremely positive way as well."

Kasey is an active member in the veteran community. He has dedicated his time mentoring those struggling to acclimate back into civilian life, especially those with PTSD, addiction, anxiety, and depression.

Kasey's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Kasey was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    May 30, 2024

    Kasey had surgery with Dr. Danny Hanna!

  • Update

    May 31, 2024

    Kasey shared, "I had top surgery yesterday morning, so I am officially on day one of recovery. I feel great given the circumstances. I am very pleased with my outcome so far. I am just blessed to have this opportunity and to not ever have to wear a binder in the Texas summer heat ever again. My next app is June 5, 2024, to have drains removed and chest reveal.


Grant details

$9,825 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

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