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Access Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy w/ Help From the HRT Access Fund

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Here at Daylight, we pride ourselves on supporting organizations that strive to help and empower our community. That’s why we are a proud supporter of the HRT Access Fund at Point of Pride.

What is Point of Pride?

Point of Pride works to support trans youth and adults who otherwise lack access through gender-affirming programs that empower them to live more authentically.  One of their programs is the HRT Access Fund which funds gender-affirming hormone therapy — or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — for trans people without the financial means or support network to get the medication and care they need.

Selected recipients get 12 months of care via Plume, a trans-led subscription service that provides services like digital video appointments, labs, prescription refills to subscribers for a monthly fee of $99. Recipients of the Point of Pride HRT Access Fund will get free coverage for all of this, plus round-the-clock text access to a care team of predominantly trans professionals, and medical letters related to your transition.

Point of Pride is a non-profit organization that’s run entirely by volunteers. To date, the program has supported the trans community with more than $50,000 in financial assistance. 

What is the HRT Access Fund?

The HRT Access Fund is a program of Point of Pride that takes applications annually. You can apply through Point of Pride’s website during the application cycle (which has closed for 2021 and is not yet open for 2022).

To apply, you must meet several criteria, including:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must identify as transgender (FTM, MTF, non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, intersex, and all other non-cis identities).
  • You must apply yourself; you can’t nominate someone on their behalf.
  • You need financial help to access gender-affirming hormone therapy. 
  • You can’t be a current Medicare recipient.
  • You can’t be a current Medicaid recipient if you live in Colorado or Kentucky.
  • You must be a resident of one of the 32 states Plume serves.

Point of Pride provides a comprehensive instruction packet for applicants to help you submit a strong application. Your application must contain a detailed explanation of the current barriers preventing you from accessing HRT, such as lack of local trans-friendly providers, issues with health insurance coverage or past experiences with discrimation by health providers. 

You must also explain the financial barriers that are in the way of you receiving the medication and care you need, and explain how the 12-month program would help you. 

For example, maybe you’re a student with limited income, or the main earner in your family and don’t have the spare income to put toward the hormone treatment you need. It’s best to be as open and honest as possible in your application to help you stand out among applicants — only 1% to 2% of applicants are chosen for the program.

Applications are accepted in all languages, and Point of Pride encourages you to apply in your native language. Point of Pride will translate the application if necessary, so there’s no need for you to pay for translation to English or try to apply using a language you’re not comfortable with.

Because the organization is 100% volunteer-run, the turnaround time from application to decision is around three months. So if you’ve applied and not heard back, give it some time to see if you are chosen for the program. You should also check your spam folder for emails that end in @pointofpride.org, because your email filters could identify the email as junk.

How to support Point of Pride

You can donate to Point of Pride’s HRT Access Fund online if you want to make a direct financial contribution.

Alternatively, you can host a fundraiser for the organization. If you have a birthday coming up or are getting married, a fundraiser to support Point of Pride can be an excellent way to raise funds and awareness for the program. A full 100% of money donated or raised goes directly to the HRT Access Fund to help get recipients life-changing care.

You can also share resources about Point of Pride with transgender folks in your life. Maybe they would like to apply themselves, or perhaps they know someone who would love to be considered for the program. Sharing information is a great way to support the organization if a donation isn’t in your budget.