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Meet Maze


Maze's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Maze (they/them) is a 23-year-old Black non-binary person currently seeking top surgery. Maze first began saving for surgery in 2018, taking on multiple jobs and income opportunities to avoid putting financial strain on their family. Unfortunately, in late 2019, Maze’s mother was involved in a serious car accident that made her unable to work, and Maze redirected their surgery savings to supporting her and getting her a service dog. Since then, Maze has been financially supporting her in addition to paying for their own needs and education.

Maze is currently on their father’s health insurance policy, but is unfortunately not allowed to utilize it for surgery, as their father disapproves of their transition. In addition, Maze has run into repeated challenges trying to research or access trans competent, affirming surgeons in their area: there simply aren’t any.

Maze shared, “This surgery will give me a body I can feel at home in every way and feel proud of. I’ve spent so many years mentally distancing myself due to dysphoria: it will be a breath of fresh air to be free of that burden.”

When they’re not studying, Maze likes to volunteer and connect with others. “I have a passion for animals that inspire me every day. I have 3 dogs I share my home and heart with and I’m proud to sponsor my mom’s service dog as she excels in her service dog training. I’ve also found a wonderful place in the Furry fandom where I create art and fursuits for people.”

Maze's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 21, 2021

    Maze was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    March 8, 2022

    Maze successfully completed surgery with Dr. Mosser!

Grant details

$8,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About FTM Top Surgery

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