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Meet Blake


Blake's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Blake (they/them) is a 22-year-old non-binary student. The money they make goes directly to rent and food, leaving little to save for gender-affirming care. A significant part of their dysphoria comes from their hair, and unfortunately, they have been unsuccessful in getting insurance to cover removal.

Blake also loves working on cars. They offer free services to people in their community who can not afford to go to a mechanic. They are looking forward to having smooth skin without constant shaving. Blake shares, "I'll be a lot more confident without body hair."

Blake's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 8, 2023

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

    October 24, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Blake's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    November 30, 2023

    Blake shared, "Having laser hair removal means I can live my life presenting how I want without worrying about body hair. My leg hair has been a major source of dysphoria and now that I've started treatment that is gone."

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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