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Meet Min

Min's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient


Min (he/him) is a 26-year-old trans man seeking FTM top surgery. As a primary financial provider for his family, the financial difficulties have made it nearly impossible to save for a surgery that would change his life. Most of his income goes to rent or his parent's chemotherapy bills. Top surgery had become nothing but a faraway dream for him; Min undergoes social anxiety and bouts of insecurity as a result.    

Min works actively for the education system, tutoring children of all ages and caring for his elderly parents when not at work. 

He is ecstatic about post-op life. He will be able to go outside without a jacket or vest over his shirt. "Summers will finally become fun again," Min shares. With his dreams of traveling far and wide, he will no longer have to feel paranoid about going through TSA. In short, he will finally be able to live properly and fully.

Min's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 30, 2023

    Min was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    June 6, 2023

    Min successfully completed surgery with Dr. Mosser!

Grant details

$12,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About FTM Top Surgery

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