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Meet Koda


Koda's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Koda (he/they) is a 23-year-old trans masculine person. Due to housing insecurity and other financial factors, Koda’s journey to obtain testosterone had to be put on hold. "Receiving HRT will directly affect my mental health in the best way possible," he shares. "My gender dysphoria will be lessened." Koda describes himself as an introvert who enjoys skateboarding and listening to music of all kinds.

Koda's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    November 8, 2023

    Koda was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Koda's care.

What is it?

Testosterone+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans men, trans masc, 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?

Testosterone+ introduces a wide range of masculinizing 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.