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Meet Brie

Brie's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Brie (she/her) is a 51-year-old trans woman seeking electrolysis. She has lived through significant challenges throughout her life, and currently struggles to access care while being on Medicare and living on a limited SSDI income. Medicare in Maryland has posed challenges in accessing gender-affirming care, particularly electrolysis, which Brie requires to feel affirmed and whole. 

"I will be able to look in the mirror and see myself clearly. I'll be able to know that I'm looking at Brie." Brie is a vibrant, colorful, and beautiful soul who gives back to her community, and is currently pursuing her GED to re-enter the workforce.

Brie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    November 10, 2021

    Brie was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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