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Meet Miles

Miles' story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient


Miles (he/him) is a 25-year-old disabled trans man seeking top surgery. He lives with many challenges such as a severe heart condition and neurodivergency, both of which affect his ability to work long term enough to save for care or even establish insurance. Due to this, he has turned to various crowdfunding options and avenues, but the high cost of living, HRT, and other needs have depleted these funds time and time again.

Miles is an illustrative artist and well-depended on uncle, helping his sisters with their kids and a very involved cat-dad to two fluffy kitties.

He is extremely excited for post-op life, the biggest impact daily will be the relief off his chest helping with his heart condition. Because of his health, he has been unable to bind his chest: therefore, having this surgery is truly the safest way for him to be himself.

"Dysphoria has made many seemingly normal tasks incredibly challenging," Miles shares, "and with this relief, I hope to start thriving in life, not just surviving it."

Miles' timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 30, 2023

    Miles was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Update

    June 12, 2023

    Miles had a pre-op clearance appointment.
  • Care Received

    August 3, 2023

    Miles successfully completed surgery with Dr. Gallagher!

Grant details

$12,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About FTM Top Surgery

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