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Meet Amara

Amara's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Amara (she/her) is a 29-year-old, larger-bodied trans woman of color who is a little over one year into her medical transition after having come out five years ago. Due to her limited income, Amara hasn't been able to pursue gender-affirming facial hair removal. Her facial hair stubble and razor bumps are a great source of her dysphoria.

"Receiving this treatment would mean a great boost in security and safety when out in public," Amara shares. She is a poet, writer, performer, and all-around artist dabbling in several different mediums, as well as an entrepreneur and organizer. She is kind, considerate, community-minded, and considers herself to be quite funny.

Amara's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 17, 2023

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

    June 13, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Amara's 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 Amara'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.