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Meet Ryien

Ryien's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


While life has been inconsistent for Ryien (he/him) in these last few years, one thing that has been constant is his gender journey. He has always pushed to be his true self and express who he is. While fighting the daily struggles of being misgendered because of certain aspects of his appearance, he has always stayed true to himself and what he believes is best for his life. His gender journey started out rocky from a young age with his parents not being the most accepting people and others in his life still using his dead name. With the help of some minor appearance changes, he does his best to feel secure with who he is meant to be. He believes that this grant will help his gender affirmation and help him be more comfortable being his true self when walking into a room.

Ryien's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Ryien was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Ryien'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.