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Meet Booma Baby

Booma Baby's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Booma Baby

Booma Baby (she/her) is a Black trans woman whose journey to care "has been hectic, to say the least." From being denied healthcare coverage to going to a hospital experiencing discrimination there,  Booma continues to smile in the face of adversity. After dealing with these challenges, Booma turned to other avenues for assistance but was denied after every application, leaving her unable to afford the care she needs and using what she has to survive. She is overjoyed at the thought of finally starting the hair removal process.

"This is going to positively impact my life for the better and I can’t wait to witness the results." Booma is artist and lover of the arts. She is also a trans activist, peer support specialist, mental health advocate, and more. She loves helping people and making sure they are connected to resources. "With the politics and rhetoric going on in my birth state of Florida and the South, it’s imperative that we continue to fight, but also take care of ourselves in the process. We’ve been here and we ain’t going nowhere.”

Booma Baby's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 3, 2023

    Booma Baby was awarded a grant toward 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 Booma Baby'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.