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Meet Alexis

Alexis's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Alexis (she/her) is a trans femme who has struggled financially due to the lack of job opportunities as a visible and proud trans person. She often is interviewed for jobs and all too often receives a rejection email shortly after. Alexis has tried obtain coverage for facial feminization surgery and electrolysis but has been denied by her insurance and given the run-around as she appeals their decision.

"Being able to wake up and not shave or deal with the gender dysphoria that my facial hair and razor bumps give me would be a dream," Alexis shared. "I long to look in the mirror and just see myself, without the reminder of the traumatizing puberty I went through written all over my face." Alexis enjoys spending time with animals. She has Pomeranian that keeps her busy and she enjoys feeding as many stray cats in her neighborhood as she can afford to. She dreams of one day being able to open a senior dog sanctuary.

Alexis's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 23, 2023

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

    August 8, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Alexis's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    September 19, 2023

    Alexis shared, "Just knowing that I’m finally taking steps to align my outer self with who I have always wanted to see in the mirror has decreased my level of stress by a lot. I feel a sense of hope - that this is the beginning of a new chapter in my life and am so thankful to have gotten this opportunity to kick start my physical transition."
  • Care Received

    January 29, 2024

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

    February 13, 2024

    Alexis 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 Alexis'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.