My name is Jay, I am 24 and live in Northern Virginia where the cost of living is very high. I have no degree and can only find retail jobs that barely cover rent. As someone who was assigned female at birth, I use doctor and psychologist approved testosterone shots to make my body more male presenting to match my identity. My parents kicked me out a few months ago because we could not stop fighting over this part of who I am. Ever since then I have been struggling to survive on my own.
Recently they have taken back my car (which was legally theirs), and I am now losing money paying for transportation or asking for rides to get to work. I still can not afford even a cheap used car – nor do I have the credit history or income to get a loan or credit card.
In the past couple years I have been diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. These conditions largely prevented me from completing my college education and continue to affect me, and now I can not afford any therapy or medication. I work the maximum number of hours that my job will give me to get by, and my mental health and bank account are being drained quickly. My goal is to get a car and immediately save up so I can move out of this area to somewhere more affordable and perhaps safer for trans people. I am doing everything I can to find a solution but I am running out of resources and am desperately seeking help. A sincere thank you to anyone who can afford to help.