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Meet August


August's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

August (she/they) a 23-year-old non-binary transfemme seeking electrolysis, with hopes of one day getting facial feminization surgery. They've sought HRT, but due to an unsupportive environment, have only been able to access DIY monotherapy through friends and their contacts. They've been working a low-wage retail job in attempts to save up for proper care, but between their rent and essentials for themself and their partner, August can scarcely afford any gender-affirming care.

She hopes that receiving electrolysis will help her be able to live her life comfortably in her own skin. They also hope that receiving such care will further help enable them to pass, which may help them further avoid the common abuse they receive in their home state of Oklahoma. As she puts it, "It can be really hard living in a place where many would rather you didn't exist. If electrolysis can help me avoid even a fraction of the abuse I regularly receive, it will change my life entirely." August is an avid aviation geek, and – alongside saving for gender affirming care – is hoping to one day pursue a license and career in aviation. 

August's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 28, 2023

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

    September 14, 2023

    A payment has been made toward August'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 August'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.