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Meet Paula

Paula's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Paula (she/her) is a 38-year-old trans woman who came to the United States in search of a job and a better life to be able to transition, after she was unsuccessful in obtaining gender-affirming care and medical guidance in her country of origin. When she arrived in the United States, she encountered many challenges in finding stable employment, which delayed her transition.

Paula shares, "I always dream of going out, of having a social life like any woman. I am so very grateful for this opportunity, to have my physical body align with my gender identity." Paula considers herself a humble woman and lover of the arts. She collaborates whenever she can with LGBTQ+ people in her country and is always willing to volunteer in social work.

Paula's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 21, 2023

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

    September 29, 2023

    Paula was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    January 15, 2024

    Paula shared, "La armonía que a venido poco a poco a mi vida junto con la tranquilidad de un exelente enfoque en mi viaje de tránsito son cosas que tienen mucho valor y que antes no las tenía ya que gracias a su apoyo me siento más segura de este camino mágico que empecé a recorrer gracias a Point of Pride. Esto significa seguridad en mi vida, el apoyo y la guia son muy importantes para la comunidad , es un proceso largo que espero continuar para lograr armonizar mi cuerpo con mi verdadero yo y mi escencia."

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Estrogen+

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