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Meet Lonnie


Lonnie's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Lonnie (they/them) is a 22 y/o, Black, non-binary individual who is currently based in Northern California. As a budding illustrator/multimedia artist, their aspiration is “to create a body of work that acts as a love letter to people of nebulous and transformative gender experience and our ancestral color and queerness.” Lonnie was raised in a very isolating environment and has long struggled with financial and housing insecurity in addition to mental health concerns stemming from being closeted and instances of discrimination in education and the workplace. Working and providing for their own needs since around 17 y/o, they worked a café job full-time prior to March of 2020 and have found it difficult to stay afloat since then.

Lonnie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Lonnie was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Lonnie'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.