Skip to content

Meet Tobias

Tobias' story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Tobias (he/him) lives with mental health issues that make it hard for him to get a job. He's tried a number of alternative ways to raise money for HRT and finally feel affirmed, but none have had luck.

"I honestly didn't think I'd live this long," Tobias shares, "and so I had lost hope in being able to transition, Now, I have hope: gender-affirming healthcare gives me the hope of one day finally feeling like myself." Tobias describes himself as a great listener, and he actively strives to help the people around him.

Tobias' timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    September 28, 2023

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

    January 10, 2024

    Tobias shared, "Now I'm more confident in myself and I feel way less dysphoria. [HRT] means everything, since without it, I feel like I'm lost."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

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