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X's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient

X (they/he/she) is a 41-year-old Black agender and gender non-conforming person from California seeking hysterectomy. 

X grew up in homeless shelters and foster care; for a period of time, they were living on Skid Row. "I work full-time now, but have no benefits, low-wage, no PTO," X shares. "I couldn't afford to keep up with my health insurance premium, so they cut me off months ago." To be able to access transition-related care, X has had to pay out-of-pocket, which has been difficult given their financial situation. In addition, X struggled to find a trans-competent care provider who would even consider taking them on as a patient.

X describes themself as a passionate volunteer for several organizations. They love engaging with the LGBTQ+ community: "This community is the only family I know."

X's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 15, 2024

    X was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Update

    March 25, 2024

    X had their pre-surgery check up.
  • Care Received

    April 19, 2024

    X had surgery with a surgeon!

  • Update

    May 8, 2024

    X shared, "I might be able to get the top surgery not billed, if I can get it scheduled this year."

Grant details

$10,000 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Hysterectomy

On average, it costs $10,000+ for X's care.

What is it?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of the uterus.

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

Many trans and non-binary individuals seek a hysterectomy for gender-affirming care. Many others, however, also have additional medical concerns, including the treatment of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, and certain types of cancers. Too often, trans folks who seek care with these additional medical concerns are still denied insurance coverage. It can also be hard for trans folks to find affirming surgeons in their region, especially in states and regions most impacted by anti-trans healthcare legislation.