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Meet Rashida

Rashida's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Rashida (they/them) is a blaQueer trans femme residing on Tongva Land, also known as Los Angeles. Rashida is a poet and community educator wanting to share art, resources, and support with community. They are stepping into these roles along with their ever-growing femme presentation. Medical transitioning has been an instrumental part of this step. Covid-19 and personal struggles around employment & housing security as well as having safe access to medicine has slowed this process down greatly. But, in this new year, Rashida is determined to continue moving – grounding it in a much more supportive and loving (s)pace.

Rashida's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

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

    January 26, 2022

    Rashida shared, "I have seen very visible changes in facial features, and body shape to help support my androgyny. [HRT] has helped support my exploration of new names, and pronouns. Also, reaching two years of having locs and having longer hair has also really affirmed my gender. Excited for the ongoing journey".

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

About Estrogen+

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