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Meet Quinn

Quinn's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Quinn (they/them) is a full time assistant manager working to create a safer environment for their coworkers, customers, and self. Advocacy is their passion and they hope to one day be able to create and implement policies allowing for a safe space to all folks. As a victim of abuse during childhood, Quinn is also working on a book they one day hope to publish to further their advocacy outreach. They want to share their story and how the foster care system was and wasn’t helpful throughout their life and their gender identity. Inspired by Nelson Mandela, Quinn says, “I’ve really been tapping into this nagging of living as authentically as possible. Mandela said; “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.” Quinn is plugging away at their authenticity so those around them may also strive.”

Quinn's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Quinn was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    October 28, 2021

    Quinn shared, "Overall having access to maximize femininity through physical changes while being able to wear whatever apparel I please is nice. It drastically reduced the feeling that I need surgeries. I feel more confident in my skin and appreciate the calmness in my mind."
  • Update

    January 14, 2022

    Quinn shared, "Taking estradiol has provided me with smoother skin, a more feminine physique, and a calmer brain. Those enhancements have assisted me in taking risks I previously might not have (going after a dream career), boosted my confidence assisting in boosting those around me (so we can ALL feel a little better), and navigating long-term goals (physical health management, romantic relationships, etc.) She thought she could, and so she is chasing it!".

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

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.