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Meet Nipkin

Nipkin's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Nipkin (they/them) is a 31-year-old agender person in Florida. They began transitioning in late April of 2022 when they finally thought things were safe for them and their wife to begin this journey. Since that time, especially with SB254 being passed, it has been incredibly difficult to keep a steady income high enough to afford their bills, their daughter’s care, and Nipkin's own care as well. "I’ve had to use GoFundMe to support a lot of our transition costs this last year," Nipkin shares. "Knowing my gender-affirming care is secure for the next year is such a huge lifesaver. As a recipient, I’ll finally be able to have the ability to buy groceries and have care."

Nipkin describes themself as an artist and a collector of rare plants who also loves writing poetry, reading, and playing the violin.

Nipkin's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    September 14, 2023

    Nipkin was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    December 24, 2023

    Nipkin shared, "I have a lot less stress and anxiety over accessing care. Access to HRT helps me feel whole, on the daily and long term. I finally feel like myself. I now use they/them pronouns and consider myself agender."

    (Nipkin's bio above was updated to reflect these changes to their pronouns and identity).

  • Update

    March 16, 2024

    Nipkin shared, "My quality of life has improved. I feel comfortable with myself. [Access to HRT] means freedom. This is life saving access."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Nipkin's care.

What is it?

Testosterone+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans men, trans masc, 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?

Testosterone+ introduces a wide range of masculinizing 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.