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Meet Quinn


Quinn's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Quinn (she/her) lives in a very conservative area, so finding any medical care that is open to accepting trans patients has been an ongoing battle. She had nearly given up hope of ever being able to pursue a medical transition because of these barriers. "I've felt extremely depressed, trapped in my own body. Knowing that I couldn't access healthcare made it worse. When I learned I was a recipient of this program, I started crying. I'm so excited: this is life-changing to say the least."

Quinn is a licensed cosmetologist, artist, video game addict, Dungeons and Dragons nerd, and a girlfriend.

Quinn's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 18, 2023

    Quinn was awarded a grant toward HRT/GaHT!
  • Update

    October 2, 2023

    Quinn shared, "[Access] means the world to me, to be able to live in my own skin and express myself and be perceived the way I feel inside."
  • HRT Onboarding Date

    October 11, 2023

    Quinn was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Estrogen+

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