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Meet Carlos

Carlos' story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Carlos (he/him) is trans masculine person of color and university student seeking hair removal in preparation for surgery. In addition to full-time school, Carlos supports himself financially at a workplace where he is facing discrimination; as his hours have been cut at his job, his expenses now outweigh his income. "It’s been difficult," Carlos shares. "I don’t have parental help, and as a college student I don’t have much spending money, especially for treatments with permanent hair removal."

He describes himself as a support person among his friends, someone they can turn to for help or conversation. Once he is able to access care, he is hopeful: "I know I'll feel happier in my day-to-day. I'm looking forward to presenting as the person I want to become."

Carlos' timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 7, 2023

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

    October 19, 2023

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

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Masc Award

On average, it costs $1,700+ for Carlos' care.

What is it?

Point of Pride provides grants to trans masc people seeking hair removal on an area of their body in preparation for bottom surgery.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

Electrolysis and laser hair removal services are often deemed cosmetic and therefore not covered by health insurance plans, even if such services are medical prerequisites for a covered surgery. For people who cannot afford hair removal, they are stuck without options to move forward with their healthcare needs.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

After completing hair removal, these folks are able to move forward with their surgeries. In itself, this often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, and more.