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Meet Alice


Alice's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Alice (she/her) is a 24-year-old trans woman who dreams of hair removal treatment to feel more secure in herself. However, she faces numerous hardships that prevent her from funding the treatment on her own. She has student loans and legal fees, and can only work part-time as she dedicates herself to attending an outpatient recovery program. Her landlord recently raised the rent, and despite living in poverty, the state of Illinois refuses to approve her for any benefits.

Despite being underprivileged, Alice prides herself on spreading kindness wherever she goes. She fondly remembers being taken in by her trans sisters, who never hesitated to share what little they had, even though they were dirt poor themselves. Inspired by their example, Alice helps her sisters and gives back to her community.

Alice looks forward to being one step closer to being the woman she wants the world to see. "The world is not always so kind to the members of the trans community that don't necessarily blend in with their cis counterparts," she shares. 

"Receiving this support would allow me to step outside without second-guessing if my 5 o'clock shadow gives me away," Alice says. "I am grateful for the opportunity to feel more confident and secure in my identity, helping me live my life with greater ease and authenticity."

Alice's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 7, 2024

    Alice was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$2,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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