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Meet Milani


Milani's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Milani (she/her) is a black trans woman from Florida. She lost her job this year and finding stable employment during a global pandemic has been a stretch for her, as well as getting access to HRT. She says, “This pandemic has really taken its toll. I went from barely having access to HRT as it is, to watching me and my trans brothers and sisters cut our medications in half! I was thrown for a loop and honestly, I’ve been even more self conscious about my body because it’s my home and being on HRT locks away all of my dysphoria surrounding that.” Milani is actively involved within the central Fl LGBTQ+ community, including being on the frontlines peaceful protesting for Black Trans Lives, volunteering and working with local Non-Profits, and being a Diva in Dialogue. Milani says she is ready to spread her wings and soar like never before.

Milani's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Milani was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

About Estrogen+

On average, it costs $1,700+/year for Milani'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.