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Meet Silver


Silver's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

Silver (he/they) is a 44-year-old trans masc/non-binary person of color. Silver first underwent surgery years ago, believing he would receive top surgery without nipple grafts. Instead, without consent, they received a reduction: "I had waited 20 years to start testosterone and get top surgery, and my first surgery was a nightmare. I woke up to B-cup breasts and nipples. After years of planning, I found myself back at the beginning, having to plan all over again. This grant will allow me to finally get the revision I need."

Today, Silver is a parent and an artist, and the co-owner of a trans community space in Seattle. "Now more than ever, it's imperative that we create safe places for trans folks and that I fight to create a future where trans people are allowed to exist," they share.

"Every time a client or friend gets their top surgery, it is tough. I am so happy for them, and so frustrated by the limitations of still having breasts. It has been so many years of having to cover my body, hiding under clothing and being too warm, having people look at my chest, and feeling shame," they share. "I can't wait to have my chest match the rest of me: masculine, hairy, and me."

Silver's timeline

  • Award Granted

    March 30, 2023

    Silver was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    June 6, 2023

    Silver successfully completed surgery with Dr. Drevekracht!

Grant details

$12,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About FTM Top Surgery

On average, it costs $12,000+ for Silver's care.

What is it?

FTM/N top surgery is a surgical procedure that removes breast tissue and reshapes the chest contour to create a more traditionally masculine or gender-neutral appearance.

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

Prior to care, many trans masc people experience dysphoria that impacts their daily life. One of the most common and heartbreaking experiences we hear from applicants is that they cannot give hugs to their loved ones without feeling intense distress with their chest. In addition, reliance on chest binding can cause strain over long periods of time.

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

While top surgery is often categorized as a covered benefit in many insurance plans, the reality is that it's frequently denied coverage. Many people report unsuccessful attempts to appeal for coverage. In addition, finding skilled surgeons experienced in performing top surgery can be extremely challenging, particularly in states and regions most affected 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.