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Meet Mac


Mac's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Mac (he/they) is a 24-year-old trans masc person currently in college while working full-time. For as long as he could remember, Mac has dreamt of having top surgery, but it's always been out of reach financially. In addition, Mac's insurance provider denied the procedure because it did not meet their very specific criteria for care.

They shared, "To me, access to surgery is life-saving. It is so hard to live as someone you're not. I can't wait for surgery so I can be who I truly am. I'm excited for every ounce of it."

Mac is going to college part-time while working full-time, and enjoys outside activities such as soccer, hiking, and swimming. Mac also loves spending time with their family and currently lives with their girlfriend of 3 years.

Mac's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 28, 2022

    Mac was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    April 6, 2022

    Mac successfully completed surgery with Dr. Medalie!

Grant details

$5,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About FTM Top Surgery

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