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Meet Mary

Mary's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Mary (she/her) started out in life experiencing severe trauma: she is a survivor of repeated childhood sexual abuse from a young age, and needed life-saving surgery at age 9 following the abuse. Mary suffers from PTSD and a crippling panic disorder, and survives on SSI and food stamps. She has never been capable of a driver's license or living alone.

"It's time for a new person to enter this world," says Mary. "I'm eager to show this world that in spite of all my hardships, there is a beautiful, unbroken person ready to give and receive love, and make this world a better place."

In her childhood, Mary moved and was tested extensively by the school system in a different state. It was discovered she was dyslexic and nearly illiterate, but at same time had a very high IQ. Often neglected and eventually going non-verbal for many years, Mary taught herself guitar, piano, violin, and can compose complex music without ever receiving any instruction. She also taught herself many skills used in video game development, such as 3D modeling, and programming game engines. 

Mary's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    September 28, 2023

    Mary was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    March 29, 2024

    Mary shared, "Receiving a grant has been life changing, without it I wouldn't have been able to start HRT. I feel like I'm moving forward for the first time."

  • Update

    May 21, 2024

    Mary shared, "Access to HRT is making me comfortable in my own skin for the first time. I feel like I’m finally walking that road of transition.

    With HRT and seeing a great therapist I truly am becoming the person I’m supposed to be. I can see a future for myself in this world."

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Mary's care.

What is it?

Estrogen+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans women, trans femme, 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?

Estogen+ introduces a wide range of feminizing 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.