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Meet Alex

Alex's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Alex (she/her) is a trans woman of color from Colorado. She shared that as a child, “I was a military brat and therefore never could be myself, as I was constantly ripped out of my social network because of frequent moves across the country and around the world. I was always wearing a mask to fit in with people. I never had an identity.”

Alex has autism and is living with ADHD, depression, and anxiety, which makes it hard for her to keep steady employment. Like so many of our applicants, she has significant financial need as a result. Without this grant, she cannot afford any gender-affirming care. Alex views laser hair removal as removing the final “mask” and allowing her to live with more confidence and less fear of harassment, discrimination, and violence.

Alex's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 19, 2019

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

    August 31, 2019

    A payment has been made toward Alex's permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

On average, it costs $2,300+ for Alex'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.