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Meet Luca


Luca's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Luca (he/him) is a 22-year-old Latino trans man who has been seeking for financial aid to afford his medical transition for quite some time. Luca has had a lot of challenges financially, and so has his family. He had to move to another country to start from scratch and support himself and his family members. He shared, "I couldn’t be more excited for all the changes this [opportunity] will bring into my life." Luca is a very active member in the LGBTQ+ community and always tries to do what he can to help his loved ones, even when he doesn’t have much to spare.

Luca's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 1, 2021

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

    October 12, 2021

    Luca was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

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