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Meet Anna

Anna's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Anna (she/her) is a self-described geeky trans-woman who has struggled all of her adult life with serious mental illness, disability, and extreme dysphoria. She lives trapped behind a thick layer of Pan-stik foundation without which she can't handle being seen, even by her spouse and child. She managed to get some laser hair removal, but couldn't afford to finish. On a fixed income, she dreams of removing the rest of her facial hair so she can finally show her face without having to "put it on" first. After hair removal, she is eager to "wake up in the morning and come downstairs without having to spend two hours carefully shaving and putting on extensive makeup to hide shadows. I can't wait to kiss my spouse without worrying about needing to go fix my makeup afterwards!"

Anna is a published author of Sci-Fi and Fantasy fiction featuring LGBT protagonists and diverse casts. Her books have been #1 bestsellers in the LGBT Fantasy category on Amazon. She loves TTRPGs, video games, music, and reading. She loves her spouse, son, and her cat, but not her spouse's dog with whom she has an endless rivalry.

Anna's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 30, 2023

    Anna was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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