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Meet Kiran

Kiran's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Kiran (she/her) is a 28-year-old trans woman who lives with significant financial challenges: due to the lack of health insurance and access to doctors, she is barely able to make ends meet regarding her healthcare. In the past, Kiran also dealt with housing insecurities. Without HRT, she simply doesn't feel like herself: with this grant, she is excited to have that sense of completeness that has been missing. Kiran shared, "I'm excited to just feel like I have finally got to be myself. I didn’t think I’d be able to get a chance to be able to get hormone therapy and now I finally get to live to be the beautiful and fabulous woman I know myself to be." Kiran is an active member in her community, helping single mothers and seniors with their home repairs, and leading a no-judgement women's exercise & walking group.

Kiran's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 1, 2021

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

    October 25, 2021

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

    February 8, 2022

    Kiran shared, "I have been able to become more in touch with the person that I've always been. I'm becoming more self-accepting the further along I've transitioned with the hormone replacement therapy. [HRT gives me] a significant amount of happiness as well as acceptance of myself to actually finally be able to be the proud woman that I always have been".
  • Update

    August 7, 2022

    Kiran shared, "When I started receiving access to HRT thanks to Point of Pride I didn't have a decent self image, but literally I'm able to see such progress due to receiving this that I'm able start to feel what it's like to be happy again."
  • Update

    November 16, 2022

    Kiran shared, "It took me 29 years and the help I received from everybody here to make it [here]. I've got my final GRS surgery SCHEDULED! ".

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Kiran'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.