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Meet Syd


Syd's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Syd (he/him) is a Black trans man living in North Carolina. As the result of a recent move and extenuating family emergency, he has limited access to HRT specialists and continues to be misgendered because providers will not change his gender marker. He’s struggled to access care that is gender-affirming and POC friendly. He is currently providing for himself and his household, including his wife and bother-in-law. Receiving this grant will allow him to continue with HRT despite his hours being reduced as a result of COVID, as he has often missed his shot to focus on providing for his family.

Syd's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Syd 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 Syd'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.