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Meet Alissa

Alissa's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Alissa (she/her) is a disabled trans woman living with Crohn's disease, which has added many challenges in being able to obtain the care she needs.

"Working in Nebraska became difficult, so my partner and I moved to Pennsylvania for better support. Unfortunately, my condition worsened, hindering my ability to work regular jobs," Alissa shares. "Now, I'm seeking electrolysis as part of my transition. Red hair complicates laser hair removal, making electrolysis the better option. It has been a rough journey, but I remain determined." Alissa describes herself as kind, giving, and loving, who is deeply committed to a supportive partner who has helped shape her journey. "Receiving gender-affirming healthcare will bring authenticity and peace to my day-to-day life."

Alissa's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 3, 2023

    Alissa was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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