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Meet Alyx

Alyx's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Alyx (she/her) is a 21-year-old autistic trans femme seeking gender-affirming surgery and electrolysis. Her disability makes acquiring and holding a steady job very difficult, and as a result, she struggles to pay even for her hormonal treatment. She’s happy to take these steps towards self-fulfillment.

Alyx shared, “Transition for a lot of us is a journey with many steps, I’m just happy to have the assistance I need to feel more comfortable in my own skin.”

Alyx's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 27, 2021

    Alyx was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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