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Meet Salina


Salina's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Salina (she/her) is a visual artist from North Carolina, working both in freelance and employed by various organizations, for about 14 years. She’s always loved being a creative person ever since she was young, drawing images inspired by video games and cartoons. This led her to go to school for animation, although she was unfortunately unable to finish due to financial challenges. Salina writes, “The unpredictability of life has led me to realize how to accept and honor who I am, be forgiving of myself as I grow, and move forward in spite of numerous hardships. I’m excited to further my education, gain new skills as a visual artist, continuing to explore the beauty of authenticity in myself, and the world we live in.”

Salina's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Salina was seen by her HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    February 3, 2022

    Salina shared, "This year has been tough for a lot of reasons, as I'm sure many can relate to, but not having to worry about my hormones allows me to put that energy into moving forward. It has allowed me to actually have a vision for my future. Before having reliable access to HRT it was hard to really imagine what my future looks like. I feel like now I have the ability to see a future I want to actually exist in. It's been really cool! What I enjoy the most, besides the physical changes, is just getting to know myself ON MY TERMS. Transition is an incredible, life-saving experience that anyone who desires should have access to."

Grant details

$1,700 towards gender-affirming care.

About Estrogen+

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