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Meet Candice

Candice's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Candice (she/her) is a young trans woman from Oregon. Like so many of our applicants, Candice has overcome so many challenges, including having to leave her home at a young age due to her gender identity, living with anxiety and depression, enduring bullying and harassment, and losing the support of family and friends.

She is struggling to find employment in part due to her facial hair, and says that receiving these services means, literally, “the world!”

Candice's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 3, 2018

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

    November 6, 2018

    A payment has been made toward Candice's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    February 19, 2019

    A payment has been made toward Candice's permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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