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Meet Artivista


Artivista's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Artivista (she/her) is a 19-year-old trans woman of color from Florida, where anti-trans legislation has become an ever-worsening issue. She is an activist working towards trans rights using photography and the arts in tandem with her activism and organizing work.

Due to the high cost and the physical and emotional toll of constant shaving and the dysphoria it causes, Artivista sought laser hair removal as an option. However, the university she attends and their health insurance consider laser hair removal "cosmetic" and wouldn't cover it.

"That's why I am thrilled to have received this grant," Artivista shares, "to be able to continue my activism while feeling comfortable as the person that I am."

Receiving support for laser hair removal will significantly improve Artivista's quality of life, allowing her to focus on her activism and artistic endeavors with greater comfort and confidence in her identity.

Artivista's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 12, 2024

    Artivista was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    May 15, 2024

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