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Meet Romero

Romero's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Romero (he/him) is a 21-year-old college student seeking HRT while in school and also working. Due to a medical error during his first year of HRT, he's faced a number of setbacks, and now has no health insurance: combined, this makes it impossible for him to balance big expenses like clinical appointments and textbooks. He lives at home with his parents, but has bigger dreams of making it on his own that seem almost impossible in his current position.

"I'm looking forward to finally being able to feel secure about my transition and healthcare," shares Romero. "After a long time of complications and issues, I'm so ready to receive this grant."

Romero describes himself as a scholar, a Roquero, an artist, Chicano, and for the people. He is a proud brown boy who does it all. Romero loves his homework at Florida International University and serving the Latin and immigrant community in South Florida through organizing and art. He also loves making his own weird art and spending time with his wife.

Romero's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 4, 2023

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

    March 18, 2023

    Romero was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Romero's care.

What is it?

Testosterone+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans men, trans masc, 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?

Testosterone+ introduces a wide range of masculinizing 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.