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Meet Loreana


Loreana's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Loreana (no pronouns) is a trans androgynous individual and refugee. Despite major financial challenges, Loreana's positivity is clear. Loreana says, "My journey gets better everyday: it has been so explorative and challenging. I am ready to make decisions and empower myself."

Loreana is a hard working person who loves soccer and music, time with family, reading, and food.

Loreana is excited for post-operative life, especially the ability to stop wearing bras and no longer experiencing swelling each period cycle. Loreana shares, "I won't have to try to hide my chest anymore. This will change my life in many ways, and help my human development in ways that I cannot even foresee at the present time."

Loreana's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 30, 2023

    Loreana was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    March 5, 2024

    Loreana successfully completed surgery with Dr. Gallagher!

Grant details

$8,000 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About FTM Top Surgery

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