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Meet Aster


Aster's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Aster (she/her) has been on a journey like many others, with half of her journey focused on finding the courage to seek out care. Due to her peers, she was unsure of how feasible her transition was. Secretly, she went to therapy and pursued her mental well-being. During therapy, she learned just how much not transitioning affected her. After this realization, she decided to pursue her transition fully, albeit still in hiding, with plans to move out before it becomes a problem.

Aster enjoys playing video games and learning languages; she is currently learning Japanese and American Sign Language. She also enjoys supporting her friends and local craftsmen, helping them create what they want.

"Receiving electrolysis for my facial region will support me by getting rid of the biggest portion of my gender dysphoria while also helping me stay undercover towards my peers," Aster shares. "It will also help me save so I can move out quicker. All in all, I will be so much happier after receiving electrolysis."

This support would significantly improve Aster's quality of life, allowing her to feel more comfortable and confident in her identity while working towards a future where she can live openly and authentically.

Aster's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 10, 2024

    Aster was awarded a grant toward 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 Aster'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.