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Meet Malique


Malique's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Malique (he/him) is an 18-year-old trans man. He currently lives out of a hotel; before that, he was living house to house. Malique has lived with homelessness since being a young teen due to a lack of family support. Malique can not afford testosterone or top surgery – something he also hopes he'll access in the future – as the cost of health insurance is too much for him right now. Malique shared, "I can't keep living in this body: I just want to finally become the man I want to be. I'm so excited to experience the changes HRT will bring." Malique hopes to work with trans prosthetic companies and help plus-sized POC trans men find the best packer for them.

Malique's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 1, 2021

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

    October 15, 2021

    Malique 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 Malique'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.