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Meet Xavier


Xavier's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Xavier (he/him) is a 24 year old California Bay Area resident, currently working in a Bakery. He has been on HRT for a little over 3 years now. When he is not working, Xavier enjoys making coffee and going to various vegan restaurants around his neighborhood. He is very passionate about seeking freedom and justice for poor black trans people, as he understands the intercrossing structural realities of being both Black and trans. Being able to access medical resources that are gender-affirming is an integral part of that process, whereby we recognize and understand that bodily autonomy and self-determination are the foundational frameworks that directly support transgender liberation struggles everywhere. Xavier is elated and grateful to be a recipient in a program that prioritizes those of us in the community who are most vulnerable and susceptible to pain, suffering, state-sanctioned violence and oppression.

Xavier's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Xavier was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    November 2, 2021

    Xavier shared, "Being [a apart] of this program has been a huge relief of stress. My quality of life has significantly increased. HRT access to me means freedom. It is one less thing to have to worry about. ".
  • Update

    January 25, 2022

    Xavier shared, "It's been a great year not having to worry about the added expense of paying for HRT. This has allowed me to save more money towards other gender affirming surgeries. Life has been really good."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

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