As a trans man, I’m terrified for what will come. HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is essential in the physical transition process for people who are trans.
As someone who is FTM (female to male) I need a self administered shot of testosterone in my leg once a week in order to to maintain a physical male appearance. After a while, the costs of treatment begins to add up. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, self-injectable T can cost from $25-$50 monthly. If Donald Trump decides to repeal Obamacare instead of working to reform it, many trans people will not have access to health insurance. Without insurance, self-injectable T is very expensive, ranging between $250 to $400 per month. I feel sick with this uncertainty that I might not be able to afford to be myself.
Planned Parenthood operates on an informed consent basis for HRT treatment. This means that patients whose bloodwork indicates they are good candidates for HRT will be prescribed testosterone or estrogen and androgen blockers, so long as they understand the likely effects and accept the possible side effects that go along with it, after those side effects have been explained to them.
Planned Parenthood’s vice president of communications, at least 26 Planned Parenthood locations are currently offering HRT to trans patients* and that the number of affiliates offering these services is growing.
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4 years into my transition but in 3 days I will have been on HRT for 1 YEAR!!!!!! Time flies and to all my other trans sisters and brothers who aren’t at the point in their transition where they want to be there is hope and it goes by so fast I want to thank all 22,000 of you for supporting me since day 1 I love you guys so much❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Australia is the only country in the world that requires transgender teenagers to go to family court before they can access hormone replacement therapy. And now, a community legal organization will help teens get the transition care they need without breaking the bank.
The group Justice Connect will connect trans youth with pro bono legal representation for the process of getting hormone treatment and/or puberty blockers. A family that doesn’t have pro bono representation can spend as much as $20,000 on the legal process.
People working with the project also acknowledge that it’s a temporary step as activists work to completely abolish the legal component of getting hormones.
Young transgender woman Georgie Stone, who has collected thousands of signatures on a petition to overturn the Family Court process, said going through the court was “one of the darkest times of my life”.
“I felt bad that my being transgender was forcing my family to go through court, my brother had a hard time. It impacted on all of us and I felt responsible for that. I know it’s not my fault and my family never made me feel that way, but that how this situation made me feel and that’s a burden I shouldn’t have to carry,” she said.
In late December, Family Court judge Peter Tree labelled the process “inhumane” and said there is an “urgent need” for government intervention to overturn it.
This is incredibly important work. More power to you all.
I took my first shot on February 10th 2016, I skipped my classes and drove to Boystown, Chicago. Now today, being exactly one year later I am freer than ever before. I am currently a month and a few days post-top surgery as well. I shave weekly and I’m looking into undergoing bottom surgery once I finish paying my carecredit expenses. I never truly grasped confidence until now as I hear my voice and see the reflection of the individual I call myself.
hi tumblr, it’s been a while since i last talked about this. just over 5 years. I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long, woah. I wrote a blog post in 2011 about being transgender but wasn’t in that great of a place. My world was still really dark. I ended up deleting the post shortly after publishing it. Compared to the unbelievable amount of acceptance and support there is today, many people weren’t accepting and I couldn’t deal with even more people telling me I’m not who I say I am on top of the very little support in my immediate life. As of right now though, I can confidently say I’m waaay way way happier than I ever was back then and have made a full FTM coming out video and discussed a couple things regarding my journey to transitioning with Hormone Replacement Therapy in the near future. I’m also working on a project I hope will help other trans people like myself which I will share with you in the coming months :) I just want to make a difference. I felt so alone growing up and with how much the internet has grown since I was a fetus baby Jey Wale, I hope to reach other beautiful humans and give them the love and support they deserve for being exactly who they are, just the way they are. Thanks for always being here for me, it means the absolute world. Stay positive, stay strong, stay beautiful, stay you.