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Meet Zahne


Zahne's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Zahne (he/him) is a retired US Army military veteran and Black trans man from South Florida. He has been working with those experiencing homelessness/housing issues for 6 years. Healthcare and insurance, including HRT medication, are not included in the not-for-profit that he works for. He longs for a future where he feels like himself. At 35, he feels the younger and other trans men have surpassed him in transition due to all of this. Zahne has his sights set on top surgery as the next step in his journey.

Zahne's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 25, 2021

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

    July 7, 2021

    Zahne shared, "I was able to get top surgery be cause I was able to save on HRT!".

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

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