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Meet Reiss


Reiss' story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Reiss (she/they) is a 21-year-old biracial trans woman who is seeking breast augmentation surgery. She is the oldest of five siblings and is a preschool teacher. She enjoys gaming, drawing and anime.

Reiss describes herself as a wonderful person with a heart of gold. She is a patient and loving partner, daughter, friend and sibling. She hopes to one day attend art school.

"Being misgendered is very hard for me, especially because my fashion sense is more androgynous," Reiss shares. "Misgendering is so common for me, and it feels absolutely devastating." It's her hope that receiving her augmentation will change the way the world sees her—and better reflect the way she sees herself.

Reiss' timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    Reiss was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    March 22, 2024

    Reiss has successfully completed surgery!
  • Update

    March 27, 2024

    Reiss' mom shared on her behalf, "Reiss had her post op checkup and everything looks great. She's doing so great!".

Grant details

$7,700 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About MTF Top Surgery

On average, it costs $9,000+ for Reiss' care.

What is it?

MTF top surgery is typically a breast augmentation, a surgical procedure aimed at increasing the size or improving the shape of the breasts. The procedure is customized to each individual’s desired outcome.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

Prior to care, many trans femme folks experience dysphoria that impacts their daily life. We commonly hear from applicants that they feel “simply incomplete” without access to care, which often leads to less confidence, safety when in public, and access to life opportunities.

How accessible is it for trans folks to receive this care?

Breast augmentation is often considered a cosmetic surgery and is therefore unlikely to be covered by insurance.  It can also be hard for trans femme folks to find affirming surgeons in their region, especially in states and regions most impacted by anti-trans healthcare legislation.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Many trans folks who undergo top surgery report massive improvements to their overall well-being and mental health, leading to increased confidence and more comfort in relationships, navigating public spaces, and more.