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Meet Alejandra

Alejandra's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Alejandra (she/her) is a disabled non-binary femme seeking hair removal in preparation for surgery, which is scheduled for December 2024. After coming out in 2021, she was fired from all her jobs as a result of her trans status.

"I have been trying to get electrolysis for a while now but I can’t afford it," Alejandra shared. "It's so hard to be able to afford this when you cannot even get a job, especially at a time when your very existence is politicized." Alejandra describes herself as a sister, a friend, a volleyball player, a worker, a survivor, and a human.

Alejandra's timeline

  • Award Granted

    August 2, 2023

    Alejandra was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    November 29, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Alejandra's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    January 30, 2024

    Alejandra was offered a Renewal Award

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

On average, it costs $2,300+ for Alejandra's care.

What is it?

Point of Pride provides grants to trans femme people seeking hair removal on their face, neck, or an area of the body in preparation for bottom surgery.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

For trans femme folks, particularly trans femmes of color, access to facial hair removal often equates to safety against anti-trans violence or discrimination. It's common for applicants to note issues with employment and public safety, particularly if their facial hair is dark or thick. Electrolysis and laser hair removal services are often deemed cosmetic and therefore not covered by health insurance plans.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Access to hair removal often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, increased safety when in public, and better opportunities at employment and more.